Slaying of mayor widens Poland’s political divide

WARSAW, Poland --- Krzysztof Strzemeski watched with unease as a high school friend voiced support for Poland's nationalist government on social media, followed by hate-filled extremist posts. But when the liberal mayor of Gdansk was stabbed to death in public in January, he could no longer hold back his anger. "Congratulations for your perseverance sharing right-wing filth," the 58-year-old university lecturer wrote to his former classmate. The two haven't communicated since. Poland's political fissures have widened in recent months, pitting conservatives --- many of them government supporters --- against liberal critics who accuse the ruling party of threatening the country's...

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