Protests Erupt over Kaczynski’s Final Resting Place
In a turn of events, a nation taht was in mourning changed to a place of protests after officials announced the final resting place for the late Poland President Lech Kaczynski.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwis announced Tuesday, April 13, that the late political leader will be buried in Wawel Cathedral, a national sanctuary with a thousand years of history embedded on it. Also known as Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Stanisław and Vaclav, it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Krakow. Polish monarchs were crowned in this church and some of the nation’s kings, alongside national poets and heroes, are buried in the site. The late Pope John Paul II celebrated his first mass as a priest in this cathedral.
The sharp divide between those who support and oppose the plans is caused by the views regarding Kaczynski’s contribution to the political arena of the nation. Being one of those who helped bring communism in Poland to an end, those who support the plan thinks he deserves to be buried in Wawel alongside the other country’s leaders. Those who oppose believe that such merit should be honored by burying him in Warsaw. Other prominent figures in the ending of the communist era are buried in Warsaw.
Warsaw is the current capital of the country while Krakow was a former capital, when the monarchy still existed.
Foreign dignitaries attending the funeral this weekend are Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Meanwhile, the election for a new president is being planned to be held on June 20.