Wrocław President Jacek Sutryk has received a strongly worded death threat against himself and his family.
Similar threats have also been sent to a number of city presidents across Poland.
The envelopes received by the officials contained bloodied pictures of 16 local politicians, including one of murdered Gdansk President Paweł Adamowicz. Underneath the photo of Adamowicz, the words “game over” can be seen.
The envelopes also included a family photo of the politicians they were addressed to. In Jacek Sutryk’s case, it was a Facebook photo of himself with his grandmother.
The envelope also contained a bullet along with the following threat:
“Let’s play a game. You have 7 days to announce your resignation, otherwise it will be the last time you see a family, and this photo will be the last thing you see.”
Despite only being Wrocław President for a few months, Sutryk has now already received two death threats. He nonetheless ensures the public that he is not going to be deterred and that he shall continue the battle against hate-speech.
Everything starts with words. The hate speech we experience in public life has turned into real, tragic deeds. Paweł Adamowicz is dead.
I – like other local government officials – have received a threatening letter in which a bullet and my family photo were enclosed.
In spite of everything, I will continue to be close to people, close to Wroclaw and Wrocław’s residents. I will continue to campaign against hate speech. Things must change.
Jacek Sutryk, Wrocław President
On Monday, the head of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, Joachim Brudzinski, wrote on Twitter that authorities have identified the author of the threats.
The man thought to be responsible is a 28-year-old from Kraków. He could spend up to three years in prison for making the death threats according to Gazeta Wyborcza.