A political song is stirring Poland up

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Under pressure: Kaczynski during a parliamentary debate in Warsaw in mid-May.
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“Your pain is better than mine,” sings Kazik Staszewski, one of the most successful pop musicians in Poland – criticizing PiS chairman Kaczynski. How a song sparked political turmoil.

EIn simple song, performed in the style of Warsaw pre-war street chapels for accordion and drums, is currently developing political explosiveness in Poland: Kazik Staszewski, one of the most successful Polish pop musicians for three decades, sings under the title “Your pain is better than mine” about an event of April 10th. The main character of the text is the leader of the PiS government party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski – he is not mentioned by name, but everyone in Poland understands what it is about.

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania based in Warsaw.

The song tells in simple words the stories of families who would like to visit the graves of those who died on April 10th on the anniversary, but not to the cemetery because all cemeteries in Poland are closed due to the pandemic. Only one can do it: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who – as documented by television cameras – drove up in a limousine and personal protection and his brother, then President Lech Kaczynski, who died in the plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2010, and several other cemeteries in Warsaw thinks. The description of this scene leads to the refrain: “Your pain is better than mine.”

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