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Pole Challenges Anti-Immigration UK Politician to a Duel

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

An affluent Pole has challenged an anti-immigration British politician to a duel.

Jan Zylinski, who calls himself a prince, says he's tired of U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage criticizing eastern European migrants.

In a video posted online Sunday, Zylinski, who lives in London, urged Farage to meet him in Hyde Park to resolve the matter "in a way that an 18th-century Polish aristocrat and an English gentleman would traditionally do."

Holding a sword he said belonged to his cavalry-officer father, Zylinski said: "I'm offering a duel, if you agree" — but added he would settle for a "duel of words."

Poland's aristocracy was abolished by the former communist regime, but many people from elite families still use their titles.

UKIP wants Britain to leave the European Union and deny EU citizens the right to live in the U.K. It is currently running third in opinion polls for Britain's May 7 election.

While the party insists it wants to control rather than end immigration, Farage has said he feels uncomfortable hearing foreign languages spoken widely on London trains, and once blamed immigration for traffic jams.

Farage said Monday That he hoped Zylinski would agree with him that "it's a complete tragedy for Poland that it's lost so many of its brightest and best young people," who have come to work in Britain. There were more than half a million Polish-born people in Britain during the last census in 2011.

He said he did not plan to accept the challenge to a duel.


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