Why this story matters:
Author Klementyna Suchanow and three other activists were knocked to the ground, handcuffed and packed into a police car. They threw eggs at a government limousine while protesting in defense of independent judiciary.
Regular protests in defense of an independent judiciary have taken place across Poland since July. Partially because of them, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, blocked the initial proposals for the new bills with a double veto. In turn, he prepared his own draft laws on the Supreme Court and the National Council of the Judiciary, which turned out to be only slight modifications of the original proposals.
On December 8, the lower house of the Polish parliament, known as Sejm, voted in favor of the presidential projects.
That same evening, President Duda accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Beata Szydło. Meanwhile demonstrators gathered in front of the Presidential Palace, including writer and translator, Klementyna Suchanow, and the Citizens of the Republic of Poland group. Suchanow and a few other protesters started throwing eggs at a governmental limousine.
“So far, the protests have been symbolic and peaceful. They also failed to result in a dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition. The words of the opposition were either ignored or ridiculed. At times, they met with threats. I consider everything from the point of view of effectiveness and try to choose my means accordingly," Suchanow said in an interview with" Wysokie Obcasy ".
It did not take long to wait for the police to react. The activists who threw eggs were knocked to the ground, handcuffed and packed into a police car.
“Eggs are a classic weapon of protest. Throughout history, they were thrown at government cars, the symbols of central power. We live in a country where citizens cannot enter Sejm because metal barriers are in front of it. It's hard to find a better symbol of oppression,” the writer explains her behavior.
Suchanow reports that the police tried to separate her from the other detainees but they failed. Her contacts with a lawyer were hindered. The incident ended with a fine.
The group Citizens of the Republic of Poland distanced itself from the methods deployed by Suchanow.
“I am not calling for radical actions,” the writer comments. “I think that the public suicide of Piotr Szczęsny should have been a strong warning for the government. But they are more brazen than ever and hence must face the consequences of their actions.”
Details from the story:
- The group Citizens of the Republic of Poland declared that they will not seize to protest in defense of independent courts.
- Writer and translator, Klementyna Suchanow, was handcuffed and knocked to the ground after she threw eggs at governmental cars.
- According to the article 76 of the Code of Petty Offenses, "anyone who throws stones or other objects into a motor vehicle in motion is subject to arrest, restriction of liberty or a fine". Hence, Suchanow will have to pay a fine.