Poland will enter a period of national mourning on Friday and Saturday following the death of former Prime Minister Jan Olszewski.
Olszewski died last week at the age of 88 after a long battle with illness. He served as prime minster for six months between 1991 and 1992 and took part in the Warsaw uprising in 1944.
Mr Olszewski’s funeral is to take place on Saturday. The period of national mourning will begin on Friday and end on Saturday at 7pm.
During this period mass events and entertainment shows (concerts, sports fixtures etc.) should be canceled and tv channels should not broadcast entertainment programs or comedies. Flags will be lowered to half mast.
However, the circumstances around the death of Jan Olszewski are considerably different to the recent death of Gdańsk President Paweł Adamowicz and the Smolensk tragedy of 2010. Therefore this weekend’s period of national mourning may not be observed as strictly as it was on those occasions. This seems to be the case given the number of concerts and parties scheduled to go ahead as normal on Friday.