A dialogue with Boyan Stanislavski about the Polish elections, about a law that forbids any discussions about sexuality with underaged persons and about Razem, the newly formed left-wing party that got some seats in the Parliament
There is a heated debate in Poland about a controversial law project that would prevent children and young people under 18 from getting any kind of information on sexuality. Boyan Stanislavski was just returning from a protest against this law when I got the chance to talk to him. We didn’t discuss only about this controversial that would criminalize through an extended chapter of the Penal Code any kind of talk about sexuality with underaged persons. We also talked about the results of the elections for the Polish Parliament.
The 13th of October is the date when the Polish people voted for their elected officials. In Poland, the Parliament has to chamber: the lower one, called Sejm, that has 460 members, and the Senate, that has 100 members. The ultra-conservative Polish Party Law and Justice led by Jarosław Kaczyński won 43% of the votes. They gained a majority in the lower chamber, Sejm, but lost the majority in the Senate. The Civic Coalition won 27% of the votes while for the first time in recent history a left-wing coalition of parties, including Razem, got 12% of the votes.
As I said, I discussed these issues with Boyan Stanislavski in order to have a clearer understanding of the political climate in Poland:
Photo: Boyan Stanislavski and Maria Cernat (source: The Barricade)
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Maria Cernat is a graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences (FJSC) (2001) and the Faculty of Philosophy (2004) at the University of Bucharest. She obtained an MA from FJSC in 2002 and in 2008 she was made a doctor of philosophy. She is currently a PhD Lecturer in the Department for Communication and Public Relations at Titu Maiorescu University. Since 2011 she has published articles on Romanian websites for political debates (CriticAtac, Cealaltă Agendă, România Curată).