Desecration brings nothing good: Polish PM on acts of vandalism in Warsaw

“Such acts of vandalism as we saw yesterday in Warsaw, do not lead to anything good, and have only one goal - to divide the society even more,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

In a Facebook post, the head of government referred to the action of LGBT activists who placed rainbow flags and scarves with a symbol referring to the anarchist movement on Warsaw's famous monuments during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. In the post on Facebook with his photos in front of the Christ statue, Prime Minister Morawiecki stated that "the basic condition of any civilized debate on tolerance is to define the limits of this tolerance". "Can you justify any, even the most iconoclastic behavior, by fighting for your vision of the world? Does the end justify the means? Definitely NOT!" - wrote the head of government.

According to PM Morawiecki, there are certain limits that were exceeded yesterday. "The desecrated figure of Jesus from Krakowskie Przedmieście is not only a religious symbol, but also a witness to the dramatic history of the capital. The same Warsaw that suffered at the hands of people who did not tolerate a vision of the world that others had" - PM pointed out.

"Each side of the great ideological dispute of our times, which is growing all over the world, and the effects of which are also felt in Poland, must understand that there are certain limits to the level of aggression that cannot be exceeded. And we are not talking only about physical aggression, but above all media and verbal aggression - in the sphere of culture, symbols and ideology, because today this type of aggression has a much greater impact. Referring to the action that took place in Warsaw, Mr Morawiecki stated that such acts of vandalism do not lead to anything good and have only one goal - to divide the society even more. "I will not allow it!" - he stressed.

Rainbow flags were placed on several of the most important Warsaw monuments on Tuesday night. Police received reports of three such incidents. The manifesto published on the Internet shows that the action ostensibly was aimed at combating homophobia.

"This is a storm. It's a rainbow. It's an attack! We decided to act. As long as they are afraid to hold your hand. Until the last homophobic van disappears from our streets. This is our manifestation of difference - this rainbow. So long, as the flag will scandalize someone and will be + inappropriate +, we promise to provoke”, reads the statement published on social media.

The photos attached to the entry show monuments with rainbow flags and headscarves with a symbol referring to the anarchist movement. Such a scarf was tied, among others, on the face of the famous Warsaw Mermaid. On the pedestals of the monuments you can also see cards bearing the content of the manifesto, in which it was written that "this city is for us all". The photos show that the case concerns at least a few monuments, incl. the monument of Nicolaus Copernicus in Krakowskie Przedmieście and the monument of Wincenty Witos on Plac Trzech Krzyży (Three Crosses Square).

The police were informed of three incidents. As Rafał Rutkowski from the Social Communication Department of KSP said in an interview with PAP, at 3.30 a notification was received regarding the monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, and shortly after 7 - application for the Jan Kiliński monument and the Warsaw Mermaid. Nobody was arrested. "In each of these cases, the policemen conduct activities in terms of determining the monitoring, possible witnesses, perpetrators of this event" - the policeman said.