WARSAW: The funeral of the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, has led to protests over whether he should be allowed to be buried in a crypt alongside the country’s heroes and royalty.Mr Kaczynski is to be buried in the cathedral in the grounds of Wawel Castle, in Krakow, which contains the graves of Polish royalty, the country’s World War II leader, General Wladyslaw Sikorski, and the leader of the 1794 nationalist uprising, Tadeusz Kosciuszko.The protests in Warsaw and Krakow show that the death of Mr Kaczynski has failed to erase his unpopularity among many Poles and were the first sign of cracks in national unity following the air crash which killed the President, and 95 others, including his wife and a swathe of Poland’s political and military leaders.A Facebook page opposing the decision generated more than 31,000 supporters in a few hours.The Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, has consented to a request from the Kaczynski family that the presidential couple be buried in Wawel after Sunday’s funeral, which will be attended by the US President, Barack Obama, and the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, and Prince Charles. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, will represent Australia.Mr Kaczynski will be the first president to be buried in Wawel.He had an approval rating of only 30 per cent in recent months, and was widely expected to be voted out of office in a September election.The renowned film director, Andrzej Wajda, criticised the burial decision. ”President Lech Kaczynski was an ordinary and good man, but there is no reason for him to lie in the Wawel among the kings of Poland and Marshal Jozef Pilsudski,” Wajda said, referring to the founding father of modern Poland.Mr Kaczynski and his colleagues were flying to a memorial service in Russia for the World War II Katyn Forest massacre when their plane crashed in Smolensk, south-west of Moscow.Telegraph, London; Agence France-Presse
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