Polish News Websites React to Nation’s Tragedy
Poland is living one of its largest collective tragedies since the end of World War II.
The presidential plane crashed earlier today as it attempted to land in North Smolensk, in Western Russia, where a celebration was to be held commemorating the thousands of Polish officers killed by Soviet secret police.
On board were President Lech Kaczynski, the army chief of staff, national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, the Polish foreign ministry said. In all, 96 people lost their lives.
The most viewed news-websites in Poland all changed their banners and headers, turning them to black and white and adding a black ribbon in sign of grievance. Some changed their entire front page to black and white.