I am grateful for this 94-year-old Polish antifa veteran who continues to slam neo-fascists

In October, as Poland struggles like the remainder of Europe (and the world) with rising neo-fascism in its endlessly cloak of “nationalism,” Traczyk-Stawska appeared throughout a rally in help of Poland’s persevering with membership within the European Union (EU). Talking in entrance of tens of 1000’s of individuals to strengthen the struggle in opposition to the nationalist ruling celebration’s makes an attempt to drag Poland again into 1939’s blatant bigotry and evil, Traczyk-Stawska is a reminder of the human spirit’s resilience.

Throughout her speech, sporting a army beret and a Polish resistance armband, she slammed a right-wing heckler, saying, “Be quiet, stupid boy! You lousy bastard.” She instructed information retailers that she was pissed off that Poland’s Independence Day could be marred by right-wing teams supported by the nationalists allowed to march by means of Warsaw. This year’s right-wing rallying point has been a standoff at the Belarus-Poland border.

This yr’s march comes as 1000’s of migrants from the Center East and elsewhere have gathered simply over the border with Belarus, making an attempt to make their approach into Poland, an E.U. nation the place anti-immigrant sentiment runs excessive.

The fitting-wing authorities has banned journalists and human rights employees from getting into the border zone, whilst kids undergo. “I’m invested within the case of the youngsters on the border. If we do not change our perspective in the direction of these kids, they may die. You possibly can’t abandon a baby in peril. It is shameful to deal with the border kids that approach,” Traczyk-Stawska instructed AFP, reminding them that when she was 12 years outdated she watched Nazis “entertaining themselves by firing at infants.”

When right-wing individuals media and folk assault “antifa,” I consider individuals like Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, and I’m grateful. The stakes are excessive and we’ve got already seen this sick perversion of bigotry and energy earlier than.

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