Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister of the European Council, denounced Saturday the eurosque populists who rule Poland as & # 39; contemporary Bolsheviks & # 39; that threaten the independence of the nation, but that can be defeated.
Tusk, seen as a likely candidate in the Polish presidential election in 2020, spoke in the city of Lodz on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the country that regained its state of life at the end of the First World War after 123 years of strange authority.
He honored the statesman who restored Polish independence and who, as Commander-in-Chief, would also defeat the Romanian army of the Bolsheviks in 1920, Marshal Jozef Pilsudski. He also paid tribute to Lech Walesa, the founder of the Solidarity trade union, which in the 1980s challenged Soviet-backed Communist rule and was elected president from 1990 to 1995.
"Joseph Pilsudski faced a more difficult situation than today when he captured the Bolsheviks and in fact defended the Western community against political barbarians," Tusk said during an independent anniversary forum with intellectuals and politicians.
"Walesa had a more difficult situation when he symbolically captured the Bolsheviks when he brought out the Europeans, the freedom, the national values within us, but he succeeded," he continued.
"Why would you not be able to defeat the modern Bolsheviks?" Tusk said to great applause.
He called on Poland to defend their rights, freedom and "defend the independence of Poland".
He criticized the government under the leadership of the Conservative Party for Justice and Justice, which has repeatedly clashed with the leaders of the European Union, as a threat to Poland.
"The one who steps into Poland today against our strong position in a united Europe is taking real steps against Poland's independence," Tusk said.
Deputy Senate Speaker Adam Bielan, a member of the ruling team, later responded by saying that Tusk was trying to divide Poland and provoked conflict on the eve of a major national holiday.
The appointment of Tusk in the EU job in 2014 was partly due to the pro-EU policy of his liberal government. He warned Saturday that the government, now influenced by Law and Justice, head Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the political enemy of Tusk, is heading in the opposite direction.
In the hope of preventing anything marring the centenary commemorations, Polish government officials negotiated a deal on Sunday to hold a joint march in Warsaw with nationalist groups planning their own event.
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