Poland to ask Germany about satirical Carnival float

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Poland's foreign minister says Poland plans to ask the German government about a Carnival float that satirized Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling party.

Witold Waszczykowski said in a radio interview Tuesday that the float in Duesseldorf showed "disrespect toward Poles and Polish politicians" and that Warsaw wants to know "what is the aim of such antics."

The float showed Kaczynski dressed as a dictator with the heel of one boot on the head of a submissive and bleeding female figure representing Poland.

Waszczykowski said he realized other political leaders are also satirized during German Carnival parades and that Poland therefore plans to inquire diplomatically. He said: "we want to do this in a balanced way so as not to violate freedom of speech and freedom of expression."