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Fr. Rydzyk Slams Gov't
December 19, 2007   
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Controversial Redemptorist priest Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, founder of the ultra-Catholic Radio Maryja station and television station Trwam, has lashed out at the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, whom he accused of "a plan to destroy Radio Maryja."

Rydzyk's statement followed the environment ministry's decision to revise an agreement under which Lux Veritatis, a foundation owned by Rydzyk, had secured 15 million euros worth of European Union co-financing under the previous government of Jarosław Kaczyński. The funds are intended for the foundation's geothermal research in Toruń.

Rydzyk also lambasted a plan by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to audit a social sciences and media college in Toruń that is a part of Rydzyk's media corporation.

Rydzyk appealed to Radio Maryja listeners to write letters of protest to Tusk. A similar appeal in 1999 ended in a spectacular success for Rydzyk: 7 million people supported Radio Maryja's bid to extend its broadcasting license at the time.

Law and Justice (PiS) politicians linked with Radio Maryja, including senator Ryszard Bender and deputy Anna Sobecka, have expressed their support for Rydzyk. "Radio Maryja's continued existence is threatened under the new government," they wrote in a statement, and said they would take part in a street protest in Warsaw "to defend the station."
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