Polish man charged with burning Jew effigy at anti-Muslim protest

By JTA
March 4, 2016 13:56

 
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Polish prosecutors indicted for incitement a construction contractor from the western city of Wroclaw who burned an effigy of a Jew at a protest rally against Muslim immigration.

Piotr Rybak, an entrepreneur from Wroclaw, may face as long as two years in jail if convicted of the charges levelled against him last week for his actions on Nov. 18, the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported of Feb. 25.

Prosecutors are considering indicting additional people in connection with the events in November, when Rybak was photographed setting fire to an effigy of an Orthodox Jew with side locks, according to the daily.  The incident was part of a rally by 200 people who gathered to protest EU requirements that Poland accept refugees from Syria and Iraq. Rybak is accused of incitement hatred against a faith or ethnic group.

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