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Our investigation revealed new details about the brutal action of undercover policemen against the Women's strike on November 18. According to our informants, it was supposed to be a show of strength ordered by Jarosław Kaczyński. The Chairman of Law and Justice (PiS) and the Deputy Prime Minister for Security expected the police to "take more decisive action".
Kaczyński sent away from Warsaw
Everything started on October 30. On that day the protest organizers, led by the National Women's Strike, announced that it would organize a happening at Kaczyński's house on the occasion of the next day's night of the Forefathers' Eve, a tradition similar to Dia de los Muertos. Kaczyński's security company Grom Group took the case very seriously and linked it to anonymous assassination threats that Kaczyński regularly receives. The Deputy Prime Minister was to be dressed in a bullet-proof vest and transported to a training center in Czerwony Bór near Łomża.
In order to verify this information, two weeks ago we sent questions to the management of Grom Group. We did not receive an answer to date.
Kaczyński, already angry at the protesters regularly standing in front of his house, felt humiliated. Since then, he began to demand that the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, Mariusz Kaminski, order more decisive action from the police. The first occasion was on November 11th. Before the Independence March the police officers were instructed to protect the nationalist march from the "Antifia militias". Nothing came out of it, because no one tried to disturb the nationalists. They themselves caused riots which led to an intervention of the uniformed services. This has allegedly caused an "outburst of anger by Kaczyński," who treated the participants of the march as allies, calling on them to "defend the churches against acts of profanity."
Active infiltration to “catch the ringleaders”
According to our interlocutors, that is why last Wednesday the issue of securing the protests was taken over by "supporters of radical solutions".
The action was headed by the deputy commander of the Warsaw Police Department for Criminal Affairs Krzysztof Smela. He was assisted by the head of the Independent Counter-Terrorist Unit (SPAK) led by superintendent Krzysztof Funkiendorf.
They agreed that undercover officers equipped with gas and telescopic batons would "actively infiltrate the center of the riots and catch their ringleaders. Not only police officers from the Bureau of Anti-Terrorist Operations, but also those from SPAK and officers from the executive department of the Central Investigation Office were brought into action. They were divided into several groups, whose commanders had GPS transmitters (so-called pins) visible from the command post. One of these groups was used under the TVP building on Powstańców Warszawy Square.
On that day, the capital's streets were covered by over 100 undercover agents from various antiterrorist formations.
On Wednesday, we sent questions to the spokesperson of the Warsaw Police. We asked for verification of this data and information on how many undercover officers were used that day in Warsaw and why the security operation was led by the commandant for criminal affairs. We have yet to receive a response.
Power struggle within the police force
According to our interviewees , the background of the described events is a struggle for power at various levels of the police. Paweł Dobrodziej, the commander-in-chief of the capital's district police, would like to replace Jarosław Szymczyk and take the position of the chief commander. Kaczyński and some Law and Justice politicians accuse Szymczyk of being "too soft". So far, he was protected by Kamiński. In turn, the head of SPAK, who is in command of the undercover officers, wants to take over the command of the Bureau of Antiterrorist Operations, which is now managed by Commander Dariusz Zięba. The latter, in protest against the use of his units to pacify a women's strike, has considered tendering his resignation.
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