June 6, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
A Polish nationalist politician whose previously planned appearances at two catholic churches in Brooklyn were canceled following community pushback, set up shop at a Greenpoint restaurant last night.
Robert Winnicki, leader of Poland’s nationalist political party, the National Movement, spoke to a full house inside of the Greenpoint Avenue restaurant French Epi. Journalists were barred from entering the restaurant during the event, the City reported.
Polish nationalist politician Robert Winnicki speaking in small restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The fascism is strong with this one. pic.twitter.com/iYvXyEdV6w
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Winnicki, known for his strong right-wing, nationalistic views, was originally slated to appear at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Greenpoint and St. Frances de Chantal in Borough Park along with Polish historian Ewa Kurek, who has previously claimed that the Jewish people were complicit in the Nazi occupation of Poland.
Dozens of activists and local elected officials, including City Council Member Stephen Levin and State Senator Julia Salazar, sent a letter to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on Monday urging him to not allow Kurek to speak.
“We believe the Church should stand up for the common good, working towards a more loving cohesive society while remaining neutral within such mired politics,” the letter reads.
DiMarzio quickly canceled the church events, stating that he had not initially been aware of who the speakers were.
Following last night’s restaurant appearance, French Epi’s Yelp page has been flooded with one-star reviews condemning the establishment for hosting Winnicki.
“If you like to eat at a restaurant that hosts white supremacists and serves mediocre French food – this is the spot!” one review says.
“The food is fine, but it comes with a side of bigotry,” another reviewer wrote.
French Epi did not respond to requests for comment.