Jacek Międlar

Mark Townsend and Rajeev Syal “Far-right Polish priest detained at Stansted airport” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/far-right-polish-priest-jacek-miedlar-detained-at-stansted-airport

英国当局はポーランドの「極右」カトリック司祭Jacek Międlarの身柄をスタンステッド空港*1で拘束した。Jacek Międlarはシュロップシャー州テルフォード*2で開催された極右団体Britain First*3の集会で演説する予定だった。

Branded a “fanatical hate preacher” by anti-racism campaigners in Poland, the 28-year-old attacks his critics as “leftists” opposed to “Polish patriotism”.

Międlar, from Wrocław in west Poland, has cultivated a sizeable following in his country and despite being suspended by his local Catholic church for the content of his nationalist sermons, has addressed tens of thousands people at rightwing rallies.

His speeches target the political left, “Islamic aggression” and immigration and are often accompanied with calls for the “warriors of great Poland” and chants of “God, honour, fatherland”.

Anti-racism campaigners have warned he could radicalise some of the 830,000 Poles living in the UK and called on the UK authorities to intervene before his arrival.

Last year, Międlar was accused of calling Jews a “cancer” who had “swept Poland” during one address to a far-right rally in Białystok, north-eastern Poland, although prosecutors later absolved him of alleged hate-speech offences.

Rafał Pankowski of Poland’s leading anti-racist organisation Never Again said Międlar was “exceptionally” strident when delivering his hate-filled speeches and that news of his detention had triggered headlines throughout the country’s mainstream media. He said: “He’s exceptional in terms of the intensity of his hatred, which is a core part of his message.”

Telford was reportedly chosen for the anti-Islam march because of a 2016 Daily Mail report that insinuated the market town was “the new Rotherham” owing to alleged child sexual exploitation in the area. The deputy leader of Britain First, Jayda Fransen*4, last week tweeted: “Come and stand with us against Muslim grooming gangs!”

The protest has been broadly condemned by the town’s residents, including the Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, who accused Międlar and Britain First of attempting to “hijack” the experiences of child sex abuse victims for political traction.


Międlar’s invitation to speak in Telford, where at least 2,000 Polish speakers in and around the town make it the most spoken language after English, follows a report by anti-rascist group Hope not Hate*5 that a number of Polish far-right groups had become active in the UK.

Hope Not Hate warned last week that Międlar’s visit to the UK would bring “rabid extremism to Telford” and warned that Międlar had once claimed that the “biggest enemies of the world are Jewish imperialists and masons”.