With a sizeable force of police stationed not all that far off in the background, five perhaps-not-so-courageous Polish supporters gang up on a solitary, if not unfortunate, Russian fan just outside the National Stadium in Warsaw (Stadion Narodowy Warszawie) prior to the start of the POLAND v RUSSIA contest in Group B at the 2012 UEFA European Championships co-hosted jointly by Poland and the Ukraine.
In the United States, it is always major news when the so-called ‘Main Stream Media’ pays any attention at all to a major international soccer tournament, even more so in a tournament such as this year’s 2012 UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS where the American team is not even eligible to participate.
So when Fox News Radio reported on the violent clashes of spectators and the use of water cannon and tear gas by local law enforcement ahead of the monster POLAND – RUSSIA meeting in Group A, it certainly was a noteworthy event absolutely guaranteed to perk up the ole’ ears of American football bloggers far and wide.
Here in the City With No (Spending) Limits, the award-winning local blogger Mr. Molovinsky is, most likely, neither impressed nor surprised by the images from Warsaw making their way across the Atlantic Ocean. But then again, the proud Mr. Molovinsky, who is, ironically enough, partly of Russian descent, probably remembers the infamous “JIHAD LEGIA” incident from the Polish capital city earlier this past fall very well even if not quite the fanatic football fan by any stretch. On that shameful occasion, of course, it was the supporters of Legia Warsaw who unfurled a massive and offensive banner (in Arabic-style lettering, make no mistake) just prior to their UEFA Europa League match with visiting Israeli side FC Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Mr. Molovinsky already knows all about the current rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe and his confidence levels that the Lame Stream Media here in the United States has to stomach to pay any kind of meaningful attention to that subject are, most likely, not high. This blog contends that the LSM would never have the requisite guts to explore the state the contemporary state of affairs – specifically the naked anti-Semitism and outright Racism against black players – in Polish professional football. Certainly not to the extent that the controversial BBC PANORAMA documentary film presented by reporter CHRIS ROGERS, “EURO 2012 : STADIUMS OF HATE”, attempts to investigate the facts of the matter.
Although the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, JONATHAN ORNSTEIN, has accused the BBC of selective reporting and wants the world to know that “the small number of racist and anti-Semitic fans ‘do not represent Polish society as a whole'” (as quoted in an article published by rival English daily THE GUARDIAN), the bottom line is that the footage taken by Rogers and his camera crew is, without question, quite shocking to say the least and certain things should never be glossed over in any way.
The Poles have not exactly gotten off to a flying start in terms of hosting the 2012 UEFA European Championships, either, it shall be noted. What, with the widespread reports of the Holland national team being subjected to the organized and noisy “monkey chants” from a crowd of about 500 Polish ‘fans’ during a Dutch training session in Krakow, ironcially enough, prior to the Netherland’s opening match in Group B with Denmark? No, not at all, but that is another story that is likely to be largely ignored by the American LSM.
With scenes such as these, it is only natural to wonder — what happens if Poland fail to defeat the Czech Republic and do not advance to the next round at this year’s UEFA European Championships?
“SNIPERS, HANDGUNS AND TEAR GAS : FEARED POLISH POLICE ARE READY TO USE FORCE TO STOP EURO 2012 HOOLIGANS”
Poland’s feared SWAT-style public order police squad are on high alert for rioters and thugs at Euro 2012. The elite GROM – translated as Lightning Squad – have been rehearsing anti-riot tactics and simiulated hostage rescues for weeks before. Snipers on building roofs and elite officers from Poland’s notorious Riot Squad and Anti-Terrorist Unit will back up the GROM officers, who wear all black.
Police are equipped with portable tear gas machines and pump action shotguns with plastic baton rounds. They have been given handguns with live 9mm rounds, handcuffs, pepper spray, body armour, helmets and shields. They will also carry special pistols firing red dye capsules so rioters who get away can be identified later. All the units have carried out terrifying public shows of strength with live training assaults on buses and simulated riots.
The ruthless reputation of the riot police is a hangover from Poland’s communist days when they were used to viciously suppress democracy campaigners and described as “the beating heart of the State.”
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK – June 8, 2012