Piotr Szczęsny’s self-immolation in Warsaw should not be used as a football in Poland’s fractious politics, but nor should it pass unnoticed by the press

On 19 October a 54-year-old man set himself on fire outside the Palace of Culture in Warsaw and died 10 days later in defence of the democracy he believed is increasingly under threat in Poland.

First he distributed dozens of copies of a letter that carefully summarised the attacks of the present government on the rule of law and liberal democracy.

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