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Polish YouTuber to file claim after his detention under draconian anti-communist legislation

POLISH YouTuber Michal Nowicki was detained under draconian anti-communist legislation for promoting “totalitarian practices and methods of action” on Wednesday.

Authorities swooped as he left his mother’s house to go jogging. He claimed they chose a spot between two bushes so there were no witnesses.

“They immediately put handcuffs on me, so... I’m having a conversation with a lawyer. For those handcuffs we’ll file...a complaint within seven days,' he said.

He explained that he was detained on the basis of an order of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Ochocie for “the promotion of totalitarianism.”

The file against him cited 11 statements including praise for the Katyn massacre, support for a communist state in Poland and calling for the tearing down of an anti-communist statue, as well as attacks on priests and others.

In 2019 the EU passed a reactionary “ahistorical” motion equating communism with fascism which also called for the erasure of all memorials to “totalitarianism” including those dedicated to the Red Army.

It has boosted right-wing governments in countries such as Poland, Hungary and Ukraine which have launched anti-communist drives, banning parties and newspapers under the cloak of tackling extremism.

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