Today’s news round up in Poland
Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites.
TVPInfo.pl – A house fire that claimed the lives of four people from one family was the lead story on the TVPInfo website on Friday morning. The fire broke out in a detached house in Nieskurzow Stary, a village in central Poland, around 2am on Friday. The Fire Brigade retrieved four people from the house, a man, a woman, and two children aged three and 14. All four were confirmed dead, and local police said they were all members of the same family. A firefighter was injured in an attempt to save the family. An investigation has started into the cause of the blaze.
Rp.pl - The Rzeczpospolita newspaper reported on Poland's struggle to produce more coal. The country faces a shortage owing to a boycott of Russian coal but this has put pressure on Polish mines to produce more. Mines are now working seven days a week, with miners asked to work longer shifts. The paper says it is like a return to the days of the Polish People's Republic, when miners worked all hours. A further problem is that attempts to downsize the mining workforce has led to a shortage of miners and people with key skills, such as electricians. These problems have increased fears of accidents.
TVN24.pl – Close to a 1,000 police officers took part in raids across the country targeting 'Psychofans' a group of people linked to football violence and other criminal offences. Some 35 people were arrested in the raids and face charges ranging from assault with deadly weapons — such as a machete — burglary and trading in wholesale quantities of illegal drugs. According to the police, the raids resulted from the testimony of an informant who broke "the conspiracy of silence" that surrounded the gang.
Wyborcza.pl – The Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper led with a story claiming that "more than ever," the country needs 'Rainbow Friday.' The annual event is an LGBT solidarity campaign that takes place in schools across the country. The daily pointed out that fewer and fewer parents are accepting of non-heterosexual children, and that one in 10 non-heterosexual teenagers have been kicked out of their homes because of this. The paper also cited evidence that said 65 percent of young LGBT+ people in Poland have faced physical violence or verbal abuse, while 75 percent have contemplated suicide.