Members of the Polish parliament donned Guy Fawkes masks V for Vendetta style in a show of solidarity in protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on 26 January 2012. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is considered to be potentially more insidious than the proposed and now defunct Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which had been the subject of worldwide protest when it was presented before the US Congress.
As an European Union member state Poland is a signatory to ACTA which is not a law yet in that country but a treaty which has caused a great deal of controversy in EU member states and protests throughout Europe most notably in Poland.
Other than that the action by the members of the Left Wing political party sitting in the parliament being just plain cool and establishing their social and street credentials the protest is indicative of action of a less recognizable style taken by other public figures and officials in other EU contries such as France where ACTA has caused one high ranking official to resign in protest.
Really though this should not come as a surprise given that Poland was the birthplace of the Solidarnosc (Solidarity) trade union whish was the first domino in the chain which ultimately led to the downfall of communism in the Soviet Union, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany. That’s right the Poles have a long history of productive complaining.
Here’s a picture of the protesting parliamentarians…