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Demonstrators call for 'truth' about Smolensk plane disaster

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Peter Gentle 10.04.2012 07:23
Around 700 people demonstrated in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Monday, against the “conduct of the Smolensk place crash investigations”, on the eve of disaster's second anniversary.

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The protesters held up banners reading “Truth will prevail”. Another banner showed a photo of the face of Poland's prime minister, Donald Tusk, and underneath the caption read: “Behold the face of a traitor”.

On the eve of the anniversary of the plane disaster in western Russia which killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, protesters also held up a mock gallows, with photos of both Donald Tusk and Russian President Vladimir Putin attached.

The demonstration organised by the right wing newspaper Gazeta Polska and the "Naszość Alternative Action" group expressed the arguments of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president and leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, who maintains that the official Polish and Russian investigations in the tragedy have failed to reveal the full truth behind the causes of the plane crash.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski has rejected the official account of events, which found human error to be behind the disaster, and has suggested that the plane crash constituted an “assassination” of his brother and many in Poland's top military brass and political opposition.

Kaczynski has called for an "international investigation" into the causes of the crash, not trusting the Polish and Russian reports.

On the second anniversary of the crash on 10 April 2010, Poland's Minister of Culture Bogdan Zdrojewski is leading a delegation, including members of the victims' families, to Smolensk in western Russia.

They will visit the site of the crash and where a monument to the victims will be laid, which should be completed sometime next year.

The delegation will also be visiting the Katyn cemetery, where some of the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre are buried. President Lech Kaczynski was on his way to ceremonies connected with the massacre on Stalin's orders of over 20,000 Polish officers when his plane crashed two years ago today.

A special mass to the victims of thje disaster will take place in Warsaw, Tuesday morning, to be attended by President Bronislaw Komorowski, who won the elections following the death of Lech Kaczynski.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski will lead alternative ceremonies marking a disaster. (pg)

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