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Poland's outpouring of grief

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Poland's outpouring of grief


A nation in mourning. Tens of thousands of people have been attending church services across Poland to pay their respects to all 97 people who died on board the presidential jet.

Many believe the ageing Tupolev should no longer have been in service.

Warsaw citizen Konrad Zawicza said: “I heard it from on the radio and it was a shock for us. Because so many people died. The President and his wife and so many Polish parliamentarians and important people for us. It’s hard to say.”

Another Warsaw citizen, Konrad Kuzschinski said: “It will not affect us in terms of any political organisation. The nation is well organised and we have a constitution in place and the country will run. It’s economically and politically stable, but it’s hard for everyone.”

Some Poles are angry about the crash. One unnamed citizen said: “I think about the tragedy of our President Kaczynski who made a huge mistake. He got into a Tupolev which fell two years ago and was later repaired instead of the government buying a new one.”

The morning newspapers are filled with the obituaries of the polane crash victims.

One mourner took solace in the fact that the world now knows about the Katyn massacre of 22,000 Polish officers on Stalin’s orders as a result of this new and painful tragedy for Poland.

Poland’s Catholic Archbishop held Mass in Krakow – the county’s religious capital.

In Warsaw outside the presidential palace families holding candles and flowers stood in tears, some knelt on the ground wrapped in Polish flags and prayed.

In Moscow there were tributes. Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin showed solidarity by saying:
“This is a tragedy for us too. We feel your pain.”

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