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Head in Passing
August 29, 2012   
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“If TV Trwam fails to get its message through, the public will continue to be manipulated and even Mickey Mouse may be elected president of Poland one day; that’s why street protests are needed to defend the media outlets run by Father [Tadeusz] Rydzyk.”
—Krystyna Pawłowicz, a Law and Justice deputy, lawyer and university lecturer, voicing her view that the television station run by the controversial Catholic priest is discriminated against by the authorities

“What do you mean you weren’t canvassing for this job? For the past two weeks, whenever I left home, I’d stumble across you on my doorstep, along with my cat.”
—Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Law and Justice (PiS), to party member Adam Hoffman, after recommending the latter for the position of local party chief in the provincial city of Konin—an appointment that many Law and Justice politicians believe is designed to sideline Hoffman and prevent him from having any real influence in the party

“It’s a perfect match; a meeting of two people both of who fight against trade unions and workers’ rights.”
—Piotr Duda, chairman of the Solidarity trade union, in a letter to the union’s former leader Lech Wałęsa, about Wałęsa’s meeting with Mitt Romney, the Republican hopeful for U.S. president

“At first he cried a little, but now he can withstand temperatures of a hundred degrees [Celsius], and plunge into a bath full of ice right afterwards.”
—Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, praising his seven-year-old son Kolya, whom he has regularly taken to the sauna ever since the boy turned two
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