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Protesters tear down statue of child-abusing anti-communist priest

PROTESTERS tore down a statue of anti-communist priest Monsignor Henryk Jankowski in Gdansk yesterday as accusations he was a child abuser multiplied.

Video showed three men pull the statue to the ground and then place children’s underwear in one of its hands and a small white laced vestment worn by altar boys on its body to symbolise the suffering of children molested by paedophile priests.

Mgr Jankowski, who died in 2010, was a leading member of the Solidarnosc movement which campaigned for the overthrow of the socialist system in Poland in the 1980s and a close ally of its chief Lech Walesa.

He received Western leaders including George HW Bush and Margaret Thatcher, known for her close relationship with British child abuser Jimmy Savile, at his St Brygida church where they congratulated him for his anti-communist activities.

The protest took place as the Vatican hosted its largest conference yet on child abuse by the clergy.

Pope Francis showed videos of victims testifying to horrific abuse and told bishops the world expected action to tackle the scandal, not merely condemnation of it.

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