‘Swastika for luck’

Published on 25 June 2013 at 08:59


Painting swastikas on the side of a building is not spreading fascism but simply a symbol of good fortune, according to public prosecutors in Białystok, eastern Poland.

Prosecutors refused to launch an investigation into the marks daubed on the side of an electricity transformer, despite several complaints, instead arguing that that a swastika “is a symbol of good luck and prosperity,” writes Gazeta Wyborcza, which jokingly suggests that the swastikas must have been painted by Hindus, who believe they bring good fortune.

Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet has already repealed the “scandalous” decision made by staff in Białystok, a city notorious for a recent series of neo fascist and racist incidents. According to the Polish Criminal Code, those responsible for propagating fascism or other totalitarian systems face fines, restrictions on liberty or up to two years in prison.

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