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(en) Poland, WORKERS' INITIATIVE: Police do not kill the rich - the seventh anniversary of the murder of Maxwell Itoyi [machine translation]

Date Fri, 2 Jun 2017 00:17:26 +0300

Commemoration of the seventh anniversary of the death of Maxwell Itoyi in Warsaw ---- Maxwell Itoya was an ordinary man - he had a wife, three children, wanted a normal, peaceful life without deprivation. He worked hard as a shoe merchant at the market in and around the National Stadium. However, not live to see the opening of the largest sports arena in Poland. He died mortally wounded in the femoral artery 23 May 2010 year. He was killed by the policeman Artur Brzezinski. ---- What deserved death at age 36? What to blame? His crime was that he was a black immigrant from underprivileged social class, who found himself in the wrong place and time, in the course of routine police roundup economic marketplace. That day, as usual, the police started to check whether traded bazaar are not in goods on which tax is not discharged - counterfeit Nike and Adidas. During the attempt to arrest one of the black marketers Maxwell walked up to a policeman trying to help mediate, calm the nervous situation and provide translation (he spoke good Polish). The policeman, who had already waved his arms erratically (measured while earlier in the belly of another black people who came over to help and explain the situation), after a brief exchange of views just scored sprawling Maxwell. The bullet hit in the thigh, passed through the buttock. The officer panicked, Maxwell was not allowed to give first aid. Itoya bled in the tunnel railway station Warszawa Powisle.

May 23, 2017 year once again met and we met at exactly the spot to commemorate his death. We lit candles, symbolically we marked this as the Square. Maxwell Itoyi, reminded the circumstances of the murder. This date is not only the anniversary of the death of our friend, but also a day to combat institutional racism of the state. Racism, which is also based on social inequalities, which are rooted in the capitalist system. As revealed later eyewitness accounts, Maxwell's death at the hands of police was only the tip of the iceberg. Everyday bazaar brutal and humiliating checks on immigrants and immigrant women concerning both the legality of their stay as well as the legality of the products sold. At the same time, the original owners of these brands benefit from the exploitation of workers and employees around the world without any consequences.

The sense of injustice grows, if we realize that the people who flee their country by unbearable poverty are the most deprived of the possibility of choice of employment. As indicated by one of Nigerian activist who is trying to build in Poland Nigerian diaspora: "[Blacks]They trade in the bazaar, because the Poles refuse them to work, such as those who have legal papers. Why? Because they are colorful. It's pure racism, but niewypowiadany openly. " Maxwell's death as a lens indulge in this case understood literally, murderous entanglement of race, class and immigrant's legal status. Combination of factors, which, for example. John Godson - Pole Nigerian origin, former MP, manager, entrepreneur, Poland rather not experience. Even though it is black. His appearance, however, the world differently - is already legally Pole economically does not need to fight for survival, access to health care, kindergarten for children. It does not have to compete with the Poles about the cheapest on the market rent housing, probably because he could be the person who rents an apartment to others. Without questioning the fact that they had experienced racism, but certainly does not pass to the other side of the street, when he sees the police for fear of security control. Maybe that's why Mr. Godson says that, in fact, in Poland there is no racism: "There is a difference between racism, and what we observe in Poland - low intercultural competences. (...) Low intercultural competence is a situation when the difference of people react with fear, and this is due to ignorance. " I wonder if Maxwell could explain what happened to his low functionaries intercultural competences?

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