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Poland: Talks fail between striking teachers, government

Apr. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Unions representing Poland's public school teachers vowed to continue a nationwide strike after their latest round of pay negotiations with the government failed Thursday. Government ministers and union leaders blamed each other for the lack of progress during more than two hours of...

Polish senator defends 'purging' comment amid outrage

Apr. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish senator who caused outrage by saying Poland should be "purged" of those "not worthy of belonging to our national community" said Thursday he is sorry if his words were taken the wrong way and that it is nonsense to think he plans any purges. Grzegorz Bierecki made his...

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...

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...