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Likeness of an MP hanged from a tree. Artur Gierada notifies prosecutor

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Cardboard likeness of Artur Gierada, Civic Platform MP, was hanged from a tree (video from April 30)TVN24 News in English
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Civic Platform MP Artur Gierada notified the prosecutor's office on Monday after a cardboard likeness of him had been hanged from a tree. "We're very much concerned with the lack of reaction to this outrageous incident on Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro's part," said the politician.

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Gierada (number four on Civic Coalition's list of candidates to the Sejm in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship) informed on Saturday afternoon that a few hours earlier he had seen a photo on a local website, showing his cardboard likeness (a so-called stand) hanging from a tree in a park. The likeness was missing part of its head and had legs bound with a tape.

On Monday, at a press conference in front of prosecutor's office in Kielce, the politician informed that he had filed two notifications at the police - one regarding potential criminal threats motivated by his political affiliation, an the other regarding stealing his campaign materials.

"Now, it's time for the prosecutor's office's move, which unfortunately, as we all well know, has been completely politicised in the last four years. We also know that the Prosecutor General, minister Ziobro, is running in the election right here in Świętokrzyskie constituency, and we're very much concerned with the lack of reaction to this outrageous incident," Gierada said.

He added that due to the lack of Ziobro's reaction, he had decided to send a letter to Law and Justice chairman, Jarosław Kaczyński, in which he stressed that "not charging for two years of the perpetators who had hanged likenesses of PO MEPs on gallows in Katowice was a clear sign of approval for such activities, which had occured again on Saturday in Kielce".

"I'd like to ask Mr Chairman to make the state institutions to actually join into the fight against such disgraceful acts in the public sphere. From now on Mr Chairman, you won't be able to say that you didn't know. The moment you read this plead, you also become responsible for horrensdous acts of this sort," Gierada wrote.

Gierada's plenipotentiary and Civic Coalition's candidate for senator, counsellor Edward Rzepka, informed that both notifications, he had filed at the police, were submitted as one suspicion of committing a crime. "In my view, it wasn't just damage to campaign materials, but rather criminal threats, threats to kill Mr Artur Gierada," he explained.

After the conference, the politicians went inside the Prosecutor's Office for Kielce-Wschód building and filed appropriate notifications.

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