Dispute over filming for “Mission Impossible”: Will Tom Cruise blow up a Polish bridge?

The old railway bridge in the Lower Silesian municipality of Pilchowice is 108 years old, has survived two world wars and has been an impressive backdrop in two Polish films. Now she should get a “guest role” in a film again – in the seventh episode of “Mission Impossible” with Tom Cruise in the lead role. But if the script has its way, she shouldn’t survive this film. For a short scene in the film, the old building is actually supposed to be blown up.

A boon for Lower Silesia?

The Warsaw production company Alex Stern, which is responsible for the Polish part of the filming of “Mission Impossible”, relentlessly denied press reports for a long time, as did the government of Lower Silesia. A few days ago, however, both confirmed the plan. The old railway bridge is actually supposed to be partially blown up during filming in April 2021. In an interview, the head of the production company in Warsaw described the removal of the aging structure as a boon for the entire region: The American filmmakers would finance the construction of a new bridge at the same location and even the revitalization of the railway line, which was closed in 2016, which is due to was one of the most picturesque in Lower Silesia.

Will the bridge be listed as a historical monument?

Nevertheless, resolute resistance immediately formed in the Lower Silesian province. When the plans of the American film crew became known, the local monument protection authority asked the Ministry of Culture to put the historic railway bridge, which was inaugurated in 1912 by Kaiser Wilhelm II himself, a listed building. According to a tweet from the top monument protector in Poland, Magdalena Gawin, she enjoys temporary protection and may not be blown up as long as the application has not been decided. Opponents of the breaking of the bridge also started an online petition that was signed by more than 13,000 people within a few days.

Tom Cruise and the future of Pilchowice

The residents of Pilchowice are also protesting against the planned demolition of their bridge. “For me it is inconceivable that the bridge, which has a high emotional value for us, should disappear forever for a short scene in a feature film,” says Amelia Żygadło, village mayor of Pilchowice. “In any case, we will fight for our bridge until the end.” The mayor does not accept arguments that shooting a film with Tom Cruise would open up significant future prospects for the region. On the contrary: “Blowing up the bridge would bury all future prospects for tourism in the region. I don’t believe in the promise that the bridge will be rebuilt later.” After all, the reports about the upcoming film shoot and the spectacular demolition of the bridge have meanwhile lured hosts of tourists into the village who want to quickly take a selfie with the building that became famous overnight. Before that, only a few Poles were interested in the old railway bridge in Pilchowice.

Ministry: Bridge is not automatically a monument

Some Poles, however, are in favor of blowing up the bridge. Their argument: The building is ultimately in a desolate condition and there is no money for a restoration. If the Americans rebuilt the bridge later, it would be a great thing. Poland’s deputy minister of culture, Pawel Lewandowski, also sided with those who supported the breaking of the bridge. In an interview with the “Wirtualna Polska” portal, he said: “I would not fixate myself on the idea that the bridge is a monument. Not everything that is old is a monument.” In addition, the minister said, the demolition plans only apply to part of the bridge.

Tom Cruise would rather blow up the Brooklyn Bridge

The residents of Pilchowice have meanwhile decided to write a letter to the American film producers. You want to meet with them and ask them personally to leave their bridge alone. Other opponents of the bridge demolition scoff, Tom Cruise should rather blow up the Brooklyn Bridge in New York instead of her old Lower Silesian railway bridge and then have it rebuilt. That would be far more impressive and, moreover, a spectacle that would attract worldwide attention.

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In Poland, the conservative right leads the first round of the presidential elections

► What is the outcome of this first round of the presidential election?

According to the Polish Election Commission (PKW), outgoing President Andrzej Duda leads with 43.7% of the vote, followed by the liberal candidate Rafal Trzaskowski who wins 30.3% of the vote. In third place, Szymon Holownia obtained a score of 13.85%, a significant result for this independent candidate who succeeded in “ build something from scratch “According to Frédéric Zalewski, professor-researcher in political science at the University of Nanterre.

→ READ. In Poland, renewed hope of the opposition before the presidential

None of the other candidates exceeded the 10% threshold, some weakened by the postponement of the poll due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the researcher. However, the epidemic has not slowed down the movement of voters. According to the PKW, the voter turnout stands at 64.4%, a higher turnout than in the previous presidential election in 2015 (48.96%).

► How can the carryover of votes be envisaged for the second round?

Andrzej Duda hopes to regain the support of far-right voters for the second round. Their main candidate, the nationalist Krzysztof Bosak won 6.75% of the vote on Sunday June 28. However, the transfer of votes is not ” not automatic “And even if Bosak is very far from the liberals, his electorate could turn to abstention, said Frédéric Zalewski.

→ ANALYSIS. In Poland, President Duda activates the populist ropes

Rafal Trzaskowski must for his part consolidate his campaign and convince new voters to hope to win. Szymon Holownia has already made it clear that he will not be voting for the outgoing president, but to date has not expressed any support for the Liberal candidate. His electorate is far from being acquired for the mayor of Warsaw, underlines the researcher: “ if we take only the ideological criterion, it is closer to the liberals, but it is above all strongly anti-system, it is an unpredictable electorate and that we know little about. »

► What are the main challenges of the election?

« The high turnout shows that there is a very strong stake around these elections, with a cleavage between very traditional values ​​and a more liberal policy. », Underlines Frédéric Zalewski. On the one hand, the conservative Andrzej Duda, supported by the Law and Justice party (PiS), carried out several attacks against the rights of homosexuals during the campaign. Criticized by his European neighbors who believe that his reforms, especially in the justice sector, undermine democracy, the outgoing president is however considered a key ally of his American counterpart, Donald Trump.

In opposition, from the Civic Coalition (KO) party, the mayor of Warsaw has positioned himself as a liberal and europhile candidate, defending the rights of homosexual people and expressing his sympathies for Europe. ” Even if the Polish president has limited powers, if he wins, Trzaskowski would be a pro-European ally “Explains the researcher from the University of Nanterre. His victory would also strike a heavy blow to PiS, creating an institutional blockage, while a re-election of Duda would consolidate the party’s grip on power, at least until the legislative elections scheduled for 2023.

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“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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“I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change” – World – Kommersant

The presidential campaign in Poland goes to the finish line. The current president Andrzej Duda and the candidate from the opposition coalition, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Tshaskovsky, entered the second round of elections. It is impossible to predict which of them will win the July 12 elections, Kommersant’s observer believes. Galina Dudina.

The first round of the presidential election in Poland still took place. It was supposed to be held on April 10, but in a pandemic, the authorities did not want to conduct entirely face-to-face elections and did not have time to amend the electoral law, allowing, in particular, voting by mail. So in April, it was decided simply not to open polling stations. After April 10, the vote was declared invalid and a new election date was set for June 28.

As a result, on Sunday, the Poles lined up in front of the polling stations: you could go inside only in masks and so as not to crowd – one person per four square meters of floor space. Many were able to vote in advance by mail thanks to the amendments to the electoral law that came into force. This opportunity was used by more than half a million voters.

However, if in April the ratings of President Andrzej Duda predicted victory for him almost in the first round, by June the Poles ceased to think that the president and the ruling Law and Justice party were coping so well with the crisis caused by the pandemic.

His position was complicated by the replacement of the main opponent. The main opposition force – the “Civil Coalition” – was originally supposed to be represented by an experienced politician, vice speaker of the lower house of parliament, Malgožata Kidava Blonska. However, after the April vote that did not take place, the mayor of Warsaw, 48-year-old Rafal Tshaskovsky, was nominated instead. In just a couple of months, he was able to almost catch up in the polls of the incumbent president – especially in those where it was proposed to make a choice between the two politicians.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Tshaskovsky

Фото: Aleksandra Szmigiel, Reuters

Less than a week before the election, Mr. Duda flew to the United States for almost two days, where he held talks with US President Donald Trump. Apparently, his entourage suggested that a meeting with the American leader would bring political dividends to the president. True, contrary to the hopes of Polish politicians, Mr. Trump did not clarify the prospects for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland and did not declare any significant agreements in the field of defense and security, confining himself to general statements. But, apparently, the rapid flight across the Atlantic still brought Mr. Dude extra points. According to polls, about a week before the election, about 41% of voters supported him. As a result, according to exit polls as of Monday morning, almost 43% of voters voted for him, and according to the results of processing 82% of the ballots, his result was already 45.7%.

«The advantage is great. I am very grateful, ”Mr. Duda assured his supporters immediately after the closure of polling stations.

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Acting President of Poland Andrzej Duda

Фото: Kacper Pempel REFILE – CORRECTING LOCATION, Reuters

Less than 30% of voters supported his rival, but this is a good result, considering that in April his rating was only about 10%. Now it’s important how the candidates who take the next places will behave, for example, independent candidate, journalist and TV presenter Shimon Hololovna (13.3% of the vote) and Krzysztof Bosak (7.4%). If their supporters support the opposition candidate, then President Duda, with his predominantly provincial conservative electorate, traditionally supporting Law and Justice, may lose his post.

“I have no doubt that the voters of Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh look at family values ​​as I do,” said President Duda, in turn, speaking about the voters of the candidate from the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh (2.6% votes).

Earlier, the president sharply opposed permission to enter into same-sex marriage, reminding voters: the family is a union of a man and a woman.

His main opponent, in turn, shows much greater tolerance for same-sex unions. The President also hopes for the support of Krzysztof Bosak supporters. And if he manages to once again take the presidency, then the average salary in Poland will rise to € 2 thousand, Mr. Duda is sure. “In Poland, they must finally earn money as in the rich countries of Western Europe,” he said.

“More than 58% of our society wants change,” the mayor of Warsaw commented on the results of the first round of elections. “I will be your candidate, I will be a candidate for change.”

True, in relations with Moscow, even a change in the president of Poland hardly threatens radical changes. On the eve of the election, Andrzej Duda tried to blame his opponent that in 2014, when “Russia attacked Ukraine,” his party “Civic Platform” (now “Civic Coalition”) was in power and could not provide the Poles with a sense of security. To which Mr. Tshaskovsky retorted: there are questions, such as the presence of American troops in Poland and “Russian aggression against Ukraine,” which do not cause disagreements between the government and the opposition, and President Dude should not have used them “for political games.”

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The last-minute runner shading Andrzej Duda

Rafal Trzaskowski is the liberal Warsaw mayor who opposes Europeanism to the ruling party’s populism.

None of this was foreseen: the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, supported by the conservative party that governs Poland, Law and Justice (the PiS of Jaroslaw Kaczynski), saw an opponent rise up out of nowhere who shuffled the accounts. Duda’s favoritism remained, but eroded, and yesterday’s vote resulted in the need for a second round. And the enthusiasm became such that the turnout at the polls was 48%, in the middle of the afternoon, 14 points more than in 2015. A record.

He is 48 years old, called Rafal Trzaskowski and is the center-right mayor of Warsaw, who runs for the Civic Coalition (KO), led by his party, the Civic Platform that ruled Poland between 2007 and 2015 (namely with Donald Tusk , who has since become President of the European Council).

And, in the space of just over a month, it won 30% of the voting intentions, against 41% of Duda (down from 60%), confirmed yesterday in the projections at the bottom of the ballot box (30.4% against 41.8% ), and therefore the second round on 12 July. And there, the polls are tougher: the final difference could be a few thousand votes, to one side or the other.

One month campaign

Trzaskowski showed up for the race on May 15 after KO candidate Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska saw his popularity fade to below 5% for calling for a boycott of the election before it was postponed. The covid-19 pandemic had prompted PiS to announce the maintenance of the consultation for May 10, but by correspondence. Postponed in extremis, elections were by post only in areas most affected by the disease.

The mayor of the Polish capital again made KO “a potential threat”, according to analyst Ben Stanley, from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw, quoted by “El País”. Because? Because the president, although with limited powers, can veto legislation from the parliament, controlled by PiS, which, among other reforms, implemented one that makes the executive’s judicial power dependent. And it has been widely contested by the European Union, which has highlighted the risks to the rule of law.

Nor did Duda’s visit to Washington, on the first visit of a foreign head of state to the White House since the pandemic began, guarantee victory at the first. Not even with the idea left in the air of installing in Poland part of the US military contingent that Trump announced he wanted to remove from Germany, in a maneuver considered internationally risky given the proximity of Russia.

Liberal, pro-European and cosmopolitan – the KO has more strength in urban areas, while PiS controls the rural world -, Trzaskowski defends sex education and prefers to leave the doubt about same-sex marriage. That is why he is classified as “extremist” by PiS. On the contrary, Duda said for days that the LGBT community advocates “an ideology more destructive than communism” against which it is imperative to “protect children”.

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Lukashenko said the risk of the collapse of Belarus

Belarus risks being left without a part of its territories and returning to the borders of 1921. This was warned by President of the country Alexander Lukashenko in a private speech to an asset of the Minsk region.

He stressed that in 1921 they exchanged and gave land to “the West, Poland, Russia had something there in the east.” And in 1939, the border of the Byelorussian SSR passed near Minsk, reports Lenta.ru.

Lukashenko added that if in the fall of that year the Red Army had not annexed Western Belarus, which was part of Poland, then the borders of this state would now be different.

“So I don’t want this to happen now (the situation of 1921, – Ed.). So you think. You think what country we will live in,” said Lukashenko, whose performance was shown on the TV channel Belarus 1 “

See also “Lukashenko: the US and China are fighting for the redivision of the world”

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Lukashenko said the risk of the collapse of Belarus

Belarus risks being left without a part of its territories and returning to the borders of 1921. This was warned by President of the country Alexander Lukashenko in a private speech to an asset of the Minsk region.

He stressed that in 1921 they exchanged and gave land to “the West, Poland, Russia had something there in the east.” And in 1939, the border of the Byelorussian SSR passed near Minsk, reports Lenta.ru.

Lukashenko added that if in the fall of that year the Red Army had not annexed Western Belarus, which was part of Poland, then the borders of this state would now be different.

“So I don’t want this to happen now (the situation of 1921, – Ed.). So you think. You think what country we will live in,” said Lukashenko, whose performance was shown on the TV channel Belarus 1 “

See also “Lukashenko: the US and China are fighting for the redivision of the world”

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Published “best photos” of UFOs in 40 years

A resident of the Polish village of Yastrovo made, according to ufologists, the best UFO images in 40 years. About this writes the publication The Mirror.

According to the newspaper, a man who wished to remain anonymous because of fears that he might be mistaken for a person with a mental disorder photographed an unidentified flying object on the phone’s camera. The frames were of good quality and allowed a thorough study of the captured object.

According to the eyewitness himself, he rode a bicycle and heard a strange sound. Turning around, the man noticed a pyramid-shaped object hanging over the forest. He managed to take five shots before the UFO disappeared. The photo was passed by the Pole to the ufologist Robert Bernatovich.

The specialist, in turn, turned to the former head of the investigation department of the British UFO Research Association, Philip Mantle, who, having read the photographs, called them the best that he had seen in the past 40 years, and suggested that they were most likely genuine.

The expert Jason Glive came to a similar opinion. After examining the images, he stated that the object was metallic and was located at a distance of 45-60 meters above the ground.

Meanwhile, there were those who called the photographs montage and questioned their authenticity.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump allowed the possibility of the publication of classified materials about unidentified flying objects. It was about the so-called “Zone-51” – a secret military base where, according to conspiracy theorists, the Pentagon hides the wreckage of a flying saucer that supposedly crashed 73 years ago.

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‘Corona crisis intensifies exploitation of foreign truckers’

Born / Buchten / Holtum / Papenhoven / Geleen / Graetheide / Sittard / Windraak / Limbricht / Einighausen / Guttecoven / Munstergeleen / Obbicht / Grevenbicht –

As a result of the corona pandemic, the exploitation of truck drivers from the former Eastern Bloc countries and the Philippines has drastically worsened.

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