Krakow News 20th July 2016: WORLD YOUTH DAY: Schedule changes; Terror alerts / 60 thousand Cracovians want Majchrowski’s dismissal / Pub boycotted for owner’s racist post / The largest Lego exhibition in Poland

WORLD YOUTH DAY: Schedule changes in public transportation; First degree of terrorism threat declared

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Starting from the weekend preceding WYD (23rd and 24th July) many schedule changes will take place, including new special lines (running every 3-5 minutes), some modifications in tram routes (20 tram line in the direction of Cichy Kącik redirected to Bronowice Małe) and more.

The detailed explanation in English available here, maps available here. [Onet]

GOVERNMENT DECLARES FIRST DEGREE OF TERRORISM THREAT
Polish Prime minister Beata Szydło decided to declare two terror alerts: ALFA (the first and lowest degree of threat used for possible terrorist incidents, when their time and range is hard to predict) and BRAVO-CRP (the second lowest degree of thread used specifically for incidents regarding the cyberspace, when some information about their possible occurance is provided). [Gazeta Krakowska]

POLITICS: Cracovians disappointed with their City Major

60 thousand people have signed the petition calling for a referendum regarding dismissal of the City Major (accused, among other things, of cronyism and corruption). Logiczna Alternatywa, the asssociation responsible for the petition, has started collecting signatures in the second half of May and will continue to do so until 21st July. The referendum could possibly take place at the beginning of October. 120,000 Cracovians would need to participate in order for it to be valid, and more than a half would need to vote against Majchrowski to dismiss him from office. [Radio Krakow]

SOCIETY: People boycotting a bar for a racist Facebook post

The owner of Bulldog Bar has posted a picture of one of his clients on the pub’s official fanpage. Followed by a racist commentary (calling dark-skinned people “filthy”, “pigs” and accusing them of being a threat), the post has triggered a wave of indignation among locals, who are expressing their anger and disappointment in the comments, although some supporters have also spoken up. The pub’s Facebook rating went down to 1,6 stars. [lovekrakow.pl]

CITY LIFE: The largest Lego exhibition in Poland

Galeria Kazimierz holds an exhibition of buildings and mock-ups of various forms made entirely from Lego parts, including: the Polish National Stadium, rally driver Rafał Sonik’s figurine, Titanic, Camelot Castle, Star Wars vehicles, a map of Europe and many more. The exhibition is open until 16th October. [naszemiasto.pl]

3 thoughts on “Krakow News 20th July 2016: WORLD YOUTH DAY: Schedule changes; Terror alerts / 60 thousand Cracovians want Majchrowski’s dismissal / Pub boycotted for owner’s racist post / The largest Lego exhibition in Poland

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    July 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    Where can I sign that petition?

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      July 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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      Hi T, Krakow Post Editor-in-Chief here. We don’t endorse any position, but you can sign the petition here on the website of the organization heading the recall movement. Note that you need to have zameldowanie (residency registration) in Krakow to sign it.

      http://logicznaalternatywa.pl/podpisz-wniosek/

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    July 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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    My daughter is in Krakow for the World Youth Day celebrations. Where would one read current news on security concerns with respect to Krakow in English? I would like her to be able to check there regularly, as well as myself.

    Thank you from Canada
    Tom

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