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June 17, 2010   
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“No wonder he criticized me. He’s the only man I know who’s capable of smoking while eating.”
—Marek Borowski, former parliamentary speaker, who reduced the number of smoking areas in the parliament building, on leftwing former interior minister Krzysztof Janik

“Some say we want to hang the capitalists, but that’s not true. We only want to flay them.”
—Bogusław Ziętek, leader of the Polish Labor Party and a presidential candidate. Support for him in the polls is running at under 1 percent

“You get a small room with the shower falling off the wall, a bathroom that needs repairs and an uncomfortable bed. The homeless in Germany are housed in better conditions.”
—Tadeusz Skorupa, senator from the Law and Justice (PiS) party, on the Warsaw hotel designated for use by deputies and senators from outside the capital; Skorupa was expelled from his party after a corruption scandal

“A model of democracy based on elections and human rights is inadequate. A system of democracy that responds to mass demonstrations is the right one.”
—Kurmanbek Bakiyev, president of Kyrgyzstan, shortly before demonstrations and bloody clashes in the capital city of Bishkek forced him to flee the country
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