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"Mr President, I should like to refer to an incident that has caused considerable distress to my fellow citizens. In the course of a debate on criminality in a committee of the British House of Commons, a senior representative of the British police stated that all Poles carry a knife, because it is part of their culture to carry one, and that they need to be re-educated. I should like to make it clear that, although I am a Pole, I do not myself carry a knife and that the standard use of a knife in my culture is in conjunction with a fork for the purpose of eating a meal. It is unfortunate that such a statement was made, particularly as the large number of my fellow citizens living in the British Isles are far more likely to be the victims of crime than its perpetrators. Indeed, all collective allegations ascribing any kind of negative characteristics to any nation whatsoever are expressions of intolerance. No such allegation should ever be made in a Member State of the European Union."@en1

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