As Poland’s ruling party announces it will likely hold elections June 20, there is growing unrest among the grief-stricken population about the burial plans for the late president. There were protests in Krakow after a senior cardinal decided that Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be buried at Wawel Cathedral—a site occupied by kings and national heroes. In a front-page editorial, the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza derided the move as “hasty and emotional.” Others argued that if Kaczynski, who was among 96 people killed in a weekend plane crash over Russia, had died by natural causes, Wawel would never have been considered as a possible burial site. Before his death, support for Kaczynski had dropped to 20 per cent.
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