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Poland Mayor’s Murder Exposes Deep Divides in the Country, yet unites Gdansk

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GDANSK – The assassination of Poland’s Mayor, Pawel Adamowicz has brought a significant change in the political history of Poland. People from the different corners of divided Poland appeared to attend the Mayor’s funeral. Seeing the accumulation of a huge number of people on the streets around the ancient brick church in the old city, one could expect a new change in Poland’s political scenario. The national elections are going to take place in the coming time so this assassination could potentially affect the entire equation in Poland.

“The polarization in Poland is absolutely horrifying,” said Antoni Dudek, a conservative political scientist at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. Also, other people anticipated the change in the political world of Poland. “This is an extraordinary time for all of us,” said Aleksander Hall, an academic and close friend of Mr. Adamowicz’s. “I believe that Pawel’s death will change people in a more permanent way — people are becoming more aware of what hate speech can do and hopefully many will no longer tolerate such aggression.”

The assassination of mayor took place while he was speaking on-stage at a fund-raiser which was organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity on Sunday night. With the facility of burial insurance, his dead body was buried by following all the necessary rituals. Police have arrested the assailant and termed him mentally disturbed. After stabbing the mayor on the stage, the 27-year-old assailant shouted about her past history. He said that the mayor was a member of the previous national government led by Civic Platform. The officials said that the assailant has a criminal record and he had involved in acts of violence in the past. However, the real motive of the killer is yet not known and people are considering it as a case of political conspiracy.

After this killing, the air in the political environment of Poland would get affected. People who gathered for the mayor’s funeral might consider the hand of the opposition party behind this murder. One thing is sure that the growing aggression in Poland would consequently make its impact in the national elections in the near future. Although Adamowicz’s death reflects the divide in Poland, still it has resulted in the unification of Gdansk.

Jenny is one of the oldest contributors of Bigtime Daily with a unique perspective of the world events. She aims to empower the readers with delivery of apt factual analysis of various news pieces from around the World.

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Beats and Rhymes Played an Important Role in Senegalese Politics This Year

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SENEGAL, AFRICA – Hip Hop, Beats and Rhymes have become the language of youth in the politics of Senegal. The campaigns that took place last month, for presidential elections, witnessed a huge involvement of hip hop artists and rap beats. And the reason for that is Demographics.

The average age of Senegal person is around 19 years. And this age group comprises of mostly the rappers. In the last elections of 2012, country’s largest social movement took place. Rappers were among the major founders of this social movement. That is the reason why this year’s election also includes a lot of rappers. All the leading candidates are running their campaigns with at least one rapper by their side.

One of the professors at Vassar College, Zachariah Mampilly, shares, “Many young people turn to hip-hop artists as being kind of the voice of the streets and providing them with a way to think about politics. Especially in the most recent presidential election, the use of rappers was a remarkably cynical attempt by these politicians to gain popularity with youth.”

Hip Hop is being used as a powerful medium to influence the youth. And this kind of power is not just limited to politics.

Journal Rappé, a newscast for people of Senegal, raps the news to the beat. It does not produce any new information. Rather, it picks the news that is already shared on televisions and mix it with a taste of music to reach the youth in an entertaining manner. Initially started out through YouTube, it soon caught the attention of mainstream media, just with its talent to attract wide number of netizens. And that shows how important beats have become to the youth of Senegal.

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