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Statue of divisive Polish priest removed from Gdansk square

Mar. 8, 2019 7:33 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Workers in the Polish city of Gdansk dismantled Friday a statue of the late Solidarity-era priest, Henryk Jankowski, following allegations he sexually abused minors. Councilors in the city voted Thursday to have the statue removed, and to have the name of the square where it stood...

Gdansk mayor: No public space for divisive priest's statue

Mar. 5, 2019 8:01 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The new mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk says a statue of late Solidarity-era priest Henryk Jankowski, at the center of allegations he abused minors, should not stand in a public place. The statue recognizes Jankowski's staunch support for the Solidarity pro-democracy movement in...

Slain Gdansk mayor's deputy wins by-election in Poland

Mar. 4, 2019 7:42 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The deputy to slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has won a by-election to become his successor and the first woman to hold the post, officials in Gdansk said Monday. The city's electoral commission said that 39-year-old lawyer Aleksandra Dulkiewicz was backed by more than 82 percent...

Poland holds vote in Gdansk to elect slain mayor's successor

Mar. 3, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Residents in Poland's northern city of Gdansk voted Sunday in a by-election to choose the successor to late Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was fatally stabbed during a charity event. The slaying of the liberal longtime mayor became a platform for calls for political reconciliation but...

Workers restore Polish priest's statue despite abuse claims

Feb. 23, 2019 11:56 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Shipyard workers in northern Poland on Saturday put back into place the metal statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest that protesters toppled amid allegations that he sexually abused minors. Karol Guzikiewicz, head of the Solidarity union at the Gdansk shipyard, said the statue...

Man charged for toppling statue of Polish priest over abuse

Feb. 22, 2019 1:20 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors said Friday they have charged the first of three men who pulled down the statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest amid allegations that he sexually abused minors. The man was charged with disrespectful treatment of a monument and with damaging it, Gdansk regional...

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Feb. 21, 2019 8:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest came only...

Dutch authorities raise number of containers lost in storm

Feb. 6, 2019 6:53 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities say a freight ship lost dozens more containers than previously thought when it was caught in a heavy storm early this year. The Dutch water authority said Wednesday that at least 345 containers fell off the MSC Zoe freighter Jan. 2. The previous estimate was...

Progressive politician seeks Polish 'Spring' with new party

Feb. 3, 2019 2:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A former lawmaker who is openly gay launched a progressive party in Poland ahead of two elections this year, presenting a program Sunday that includes phasing out coal production and liberalizing the abortion laws. At an inaugural convention in Warsaw, Robert Biedron announced the new...

Poland's political divide widens more after mayor is slain

Feb. 2, 2019 10:39 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Krzysztof Strzemeski watched with unease as a high school friend voiced support for Poland's nationalist government on social media, followed by hate-filled extremist posts. But when the liberal mayor of Gdansk was stabbed to death in public in January, he could no longer hold back...