POLAND: Antiracism exhibition for WC final15 July 2010

On the day of the World Cup final, a diverse multicultural audience
took part in a ‘Let’s kick racism out of the stadiums’ exhibition
opening organised by the FARE partner ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association in
Warsaw’s Home Africa Bar. The event was co-hosted by Stanley Udenkwor,
a Nigerian-born Polish citizen, an ex Polonia Warsaw player and an
ambassador of the ‘Let’s kick racism out of the stadiums’ campaign.

The exhibition presents the multicultural history of Polish football,
the participation of ethnic minorities and migrants in the sport today
as well as the problem of racism and xenophobia in Polish stadiums.
Its other aim is to promote the ‘Let’s kick racism out of the
stadiums’ campaign. The exhibition is also going to be shown during
the large Polish Woodstock Festival later this summer.

The date for the opening ceremony was not accidental. – ‘It’s the
final of a World Cup held for the first time in Africa. South Africa
is a country whose inhabitants experienced racism through many years
of the apartheid. In this context the World Cup has been special. As
co-hosts of the forthcoming EURO 2012 Championship, we should learn
from the South African experience how to organise a multicultural
event full of joy and respect’ – says Jacek Purski, a spokesman for
the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association.

– ‘However, not everybody in Poland seems to want this kind of event.
For example, on the occasion of the World Cup, a group of neo-fascists
hang racist posters in the streets of Sosnowiec, expressing their
solidarity with South African apartheid supporters’ – adds Dr Rafal
Pankowski, a ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association member and coordinator of the
East Europe Monitoring Centre.

The ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is an independent anti-fascist
organization which monitors racist incidents and conducts educational
campaigns. It coordinates the FARE Eastern European Development
Project supported by UEFA in the run up to the EURO 2012 in Poland and
Ukraine.

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