Furious protestors have urged Polish authorities to rethink plans to bury late president Lech Kaczynski at Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.
The row erupted as leaders from around the world prepare to attend Sunday’s ceremony.
“Lech Kaczynski was hated by some people, and he was a fighter, so it’s normal that now there is a quarrel, a discussion, but the decision has been made and not by the family but by the church,” said Michal Karnowsky, biographer of Lech Kaczynski.
The author told Euronews that while the church wants the late leader to be buried alongside kings and heroes at the historically significant site, he thinks Warsaw is a more appropriate location.
“He may be buried in Krakow, but I think that the best place would be Warsaw, at Powazky, the old cemetery, because Lech Kacznyski was the mayor of Warsaw, he loved this city, this capital, and this town loved him.”
As the row rumbles on, the outpouring of grief in the capital continues. Mourners have been queuing for hours outside the Presidential Palace to pay their last respects to the country’s first couple.