WARSAW — In Poland, hatred is clearly fueling violence. But after six racist attacks were registered in a four-day period, this was the reaction from the country's Interior Minister: ""There is no racism in Poland.""
The victims of these attacks are foreigners from the Polish cities of Wrocław, Legnica. Lublin and Ozorków. Four kebab bars were attacked. "We need the government to react," pleads Rafał Dutkiewicz, the mayor of Wrocław, the largest city in western Poland. "In Poland we have no problem with hatred," responds Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
The attacks were apparently spurred by the the New Year's killing of a 21-year-from the mid-sized city of Ełk after an argument in front of the kebab bar; the suspected killer is of Tunisian origin. What followed first was a mass online attack on Muslims. But the racists did not actually need an excuse to attack foreigners since the first racist attack in the New Year happened before the Elk attack had been broadcast by the media.
On New Year's Eve in Lublin two young men smashed window at the Superkebab bar and wrote ""F**k ISIS"" and ""F**k Islam"" on the shop's walls, doors and windows. "Already a week ago somebody came here and called us names. We were threatened," said the owner Shully Parvez.
Last Sunday, the violence escalated in Ełk. Hundreds of residents met in front of the Prince Kebab bar, where the New Year's killing took place. According to the prosecutor, the owner of the bar — an Algerian and a Tunisian worker ran after a man who had stolen two bottles of Coca-Cola. The Tunisian is accused of stabbing the man three times.
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A vigil for the victim quickly descended into riots, as the crowd began to smash windows and destroy the bar's interior, chanting threats against immigrants. Another bar attack followed the next night. A masked man smashed a window at the Kebab House bar in Wrocław. The shop's manager, a non-Muslim named Serdar Darwish from Kurdistan, said that all Poles think that kebab shops are run by Muslims.
Worse in France or Germany?
Last Monday night, four men started shouting "Osama, Osama" at a resident of Ozorków, Pakistani-born Asmat Ullah. He would wind up in the hospital. "I did not understand what they wanted," Ullah recalled. "They asked whether I was a Muslim. When I said yes, they started to beat me."
On Tuesday night another kebab shop in Wrocław was attacked. Dutkiewicz, mayor of Wrocław, condemned the attacks. ""I do not accept racist and xenophobic behavior in our city," he said. "I want every resident of Wrocław to feel safe, regardless of where they come from."" He asked the police for more intense prevention and rapid pursuit of the suspects. ""I have this very strong feeling that something wrong is going on in Poland," Dutkiewicz said.
But the reaction from Warsaw that local leaders are seeking has not arrived. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Błaszczak offered this analysis: "Hate crimes are very marginal in Poland," he said. "It's much worse outside our borders. In Germany and France they have those kind of problems, the consequence of multicultural politics, political correctness and opening the borders in Germany and France for the influx of refugees from Middle East and North Africa."
With loans and solar panels from China, the massive solar park has been opened a year and is already powering the surrounding areas. Now the Chinese supplier is pushing for an expansion.
CAUCHARI — Driving across the border with Chile into the northwest Argentine department of Susques, you may spot what looks like a black mass in the distance. Arriving at a 4,000-meter altitude in the municipality of Cauchari, what comes into view instead is an assembly of 960,000 solar panels. It is the world's highest photovoltaic (PV) park, which is also the second biggest solar energy facility in Latin America, after Mexico's Aguascalientes plant.
Spread over 800 hectares in an arid landscape, the Cauchari park has been operating for a year, and has so far turned sunshine into 315 megawatts of electricity, enough to power the local provincial capital of Jujuy through the national grid.
It has also generated some $50 million for the province, which Governor Gerardo Morales has allocated to building 239 schools.
Abundant sunshine, low temperatures
The physicist Martín Albornoz says Cauchari, which means "link to the sun," is exposed to the best solar radiation anywhere. The area has 260 days of sunshine, with no smog and relatively low temperatures, which helps keep the panels in optimal conditions.
Its construction began with a loan of more than $331 million from China's Eximbank, which allowed the purchase of panels made in Shanghai. They arrived in Buenos Aires in 2,500 containers and were later trucked a considerable distance to the site in Cauchari . This was a titanic project that required 1,200 builders and 10-ton cranes, but will save some 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year.
It is now run by 60 technicians. Its panels, with a 25-year guarantee, follow the sun's path and are cleaned twice a year. The plant is expected to have a service life of 40 years. Its choice of location was based on power lines traced in the 1990s to export power to Chile, now fed by the park.
Chinese engineers working in an office at the Cauchari park
Chinese want to expand
The plant belongs to the public-sector firm Jemse (Jujuy Energía y Minería), created in 2011 by the province's then governor Eduardo Fellner. Jemse's president, Felipe Albornoz, says that once Chinese credits are repaid in 20 years, Cauchari will earn the province $600 million.
The Argentine Energy ministry must now decide on the park's proposed expansion. The Chinese would pay in $200 million, which will help install 400,000 additional panels and generate enough power for the entire province of Jujuy.
The park's CEO, Guillermo Hoerth, observes that state policies are key to turning Jujuy into a green province. "We must change the production model. The world is rapidly cutting fossil fuel emissions. This is a great opportunity," Hoerth says.
The province's energy chief, Mario Pizarro, says in turn that Susques and three other provincial districts are already self-sufficient with clean energy, and three other districts would soon follow.
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