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    Poland’s Prime Minister Launches New Election Campaign, Criticizes Film by Agnieszka Holland

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    In a press conference held on Wednesday morning, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled a new election campaign, setting the stage for what he described as a high-stakes electoral battle. During the conference, Morawiecki made several noteworthy points, including his criticism of filmmaker Agnieszka Holland’s latest work, “Zielona granica” (The Green Border), which he interpreted as a precursor to the dismantling of border barriers with Belarus. Morawiecki went further, accusing the film of tarnishing the reputation of the Polish military.

    The central theme of the election campaign revolves around a proposed referendum, with Morawiecki emphasizing the significant stakes involved. One of the primary issues to be addressed in the referendum is the matter of border security, particularly the border fence with Belarus. Additionally, the referendum will tackle the question of accepting illegal migrants into Poland. Morawiecki asserted that the opposition party, Platforma Obywatelska, intends to bring migrants from Africa and Asia into Poland, a claim he based on statements made by PO member Artur Łącki.

    Highlighting the comprehensive nature of his party’s program, Morawiecki explained that it encompasses over 150 points. While he discussed eight specific points during the press conference, he promised to shed light on many others as the campaign progresses. He underscored the need for humility and an open dialogue with the Polish people, emphasizing the importance of going beyond the influence of certain media outlets that he believes have protected political elites and foreign interests for the past 25 years.

    Furthermore, Morawiecki introduced a new campaign initiative aimed at reaching a broad audience. Under this initiative, his party plans to distribute over 10 million leaflets and informational packets to engage with the Polish electorate directly. Morawiecki referenced the support received by President Andrzej Duda, with over 10 million votes, and his party, PiS, which garnered more than 8 million votes in previous elections.

    The Prime Minister acknowledged the significant challenges Poland has faced in recent years but expressed hope that through direct engagement with the Polish people, the campaign can convey their achievements and listen to constructive criticism. Morawiecki stressed the importance of this direct interaction as it allows them to connect with the Polish populace independently of media influences.

    As Poland gears up for another round of elections, Morawiecki’s campaign promises to be a pivotal and contentious one, with border security and immigration at the forefront of national discourse.

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