Police armed with
machine guns patrol the streets of Polish cities. They look dangerous. Black
uniforms, safety vests, boots, sometimes helmets. Not only that,
they have the usual pistols on his belt, slung it by the neck. Armed patrols
appeared in Warsaw, but also in other cities too.
Anxiously as the
line of fire
- In the Warsaw
Station Downtown I saw police officers armed with automatic weapons. It's maybe
my touchiness, but I started to look around, if not lurking assassin. Or not
stand on the line of fire. Seeing the patrol felt more threatened than
encouraged a sense of safety - says Andrej from Warsaw.
The more he was
surprised to patrol because I had not heard about the threat of assassination
in the capital. It is surprised that no one reacts. Recalls uproar when city
guards. Similarly the hunters, who in addition to rifles decided to equip
themselves with handguns.
- And here, please
housed the parade with machine guns and they all nod of acceptance. This is
Poznan targeted by
Uniformed view of
the long weapon is a common image in Western Europe. Poles could be noted
during their holiday trips to Arab countries. In Poland, however, they arouse
- When I first saw
the beach in Cyprus with uniformed weapon that impressed me. Later, I got used.
What was my surprise when I saw a policeman in reflective vest armed
with a long gun in front of the shopping gallery Arcadia - says Catherine, a
resident of Warsaw.
only the capital must be at stake. Heavily armed patrols appeared in Poznan.
The summit ended
- are a
continuation of the security patrols were made before the NATO summit.
patrolled there are places where he is especially a lot of people, or train
stations, airports. - Prime Minister then issued a regulation in connection
with the terrorist threat - the press office of the Regional Police
Headquarters in Lodz.
Alarm expired on
August 1, but still patrols. How does it explain the capital as police...?
- We use measures
are adequate to the threat. As you can see situation after the recent events in
Europe is uneasy - explains Anna of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters in
They fulfilled our
Kiel also advised
to call the Police Headquarters with a nagging me, asking who is responsible
for the cancellation patrol the streets. He recalls that on July 2 came
Anti-Terror Law, from which the current authorities have seized. First, before
the NATO summit in Warsaw from 7 to 10 July introduced the first stage alarm
Alpha. There were patrols equipped. Bravo to the degree of cyberspace. All
these projects have secured WYD.
We wrote a lot
about the law, which came to power officers from vending machines. We warned
that the new law gives a lot of the ruling powers. Worse law can be used
against government opponents. Not only the power of Law and Justice, as each succeeding.
Against these provisions also protested the Ombudsman? Do heavily armed police
jacket are already examples of power dishes too big powers?
Why not canceled
patrols, since there is no alarm? Questions addressed to the Police
Headquarters. After a day of waiting I got the answer that I have to wait a few
That's why I
turned to an expert for more security. Head of the Terrorism Research Center,
the current situation may be a lack of coordination between departments: - On
one hand, we have to ensure that there is no danger, and the other boys carry
such a weapon. I have mixed feelings about the introduction of its patrols.
From the point of view of ordinary Kowalski can arouse fear. But we have to
slowly get used to this.