Start your day with a roundup of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVPInfo.pl – A house fire that claimed the lives of four people from a family was the lead story on the TVPInfo website on Friday morning. The fire broke out around 2am on Friday at a family home in Nieskurzow Stary, a village in central Poland. The fire brigade took four people out of the house, a man, a woman and two children aged three and 14. All four were confirmed dead, and local police said they were all members of the same family. A firefighter was injured trying to save the family. An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.
Rp.pl – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported on Poland’s fight for more coal. The country is facing shortages due to a boycott of Russian coal, but this has put pressure on Polish mines to produce more. Mines are now operating seven days a week, with miners being asked to work longer shifts. It’s like going back to the days of the People’s Republic of Poland, when miners worked around the clock, the newspaper says. Another problem is that attempts to downsize the mining workforce have led to shortages of miners and people with key skills like electricians. These problems have increased the fear of accidents.
TVN24.pl – Nearly 1,000 police officers participated in raids across the country on “psych fans”, a group of people linked to football violence and other crimes. About 35 people were arrested in the raids and face charges ranging from assault with deadly weapons – such as a machete – to burglary and trafficking in large quantities of illegal drugs. According to police, the raids resulted from the testimony of an informant who broke “the conspiracy of silence” that surrounded the gang.
Wyborcza.pl – Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper led with a story claiming that the country needs “Rainbow Friday” “more than ever”. The annual event is an LGBT solidarity campaign taking place in schools across the country. The daily pointed out that fewer and fewer parents are accepting non-heterosexual children and that one in ten non-heterosexual teenagers has been evicted from their home because of it. The paper also cited evidence that 65 percent of young LGBT+ people in Poland experienced physical violence or verbal abuse, while 75 percent contemplated suicide.