Polish peace activist imprisoned
Sunday, August 20, 2006
He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment on the charge of "destroying" his identity card, which is a criminally punishable action under Article 276 of the Polish Criminal Code.
In a press statement made on August 15, supporters said that Wantoch-Rekowski did not destroy his card, he only stuck a "paper illustration" on it to prevent it from falling apart ("podkleił 'papierową ilustracją' swój rozpadający się ze starości dowód"). Typical (old-style) Polish identity papers are made of paper and soft carton and must be carried at all times.
Wantoch-Rekowski's supporters claim that his detention is an example of the "absurdity" of an increase in imprisonment rates against "the homeless, the unemployed and those living on the margins of society" which has taken place, according to them, since the parliamentary and presidential elections in late 2005 were won by the right-wing Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) party and one of its leaders, Lech Kaczyński.
The number held in prison in Poland increased by 5% from about 83,000 to about 87,000 in the first six months of 2006, making it one of the highest imprisonment rates in the European Union. The imprisonment level in Poland increased 100% since the post-communist epoch, beginning in 1989.
- Indymedia. "Food Not Bombs activist detained in Poland" — , August 16, 2006
- Federacja Anarchistyczna s. Poznań, Anarchistyczny Czarny Krzyż. "Przeciwko penitencjarnej dyktaturze (Against penitentiary dictatorship)" — , August 15, 2006
- Anarchist Federation from Poland/Poznan, Anarchist Black Cross. "13.08.2006" — , August 13, 2006
- Cezary Brzostek, Grażyna Mońka, Agnieszka Kędzierska, Paweł Przybysz. "Statystyki - czerwiec 2006 r." — , June 30, 2006
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