|Founded||1 June 2011|
|Dissolved||6 October 2013|
|Succeeded by||Your Movement|
|European Parliament group||none|
|Politics of Poland
Palikot's Movement (Polish: Ruch Palikota, RP), until 1 June 2011 known as Movement of Support (Polish: Ruch Poparcia) was a liberal and anti-clerical political party in Poland. The party was headed by Janusz Palikot, a former Civic Platform MP, founded in October 2010. Media variously described the party as libertarian, liberal, anti-clerical, populist and left-wing.
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In July 2010, Palikot - then still a Civic Platform (PO) member - suggested that the late President Lech Kaczyński was himself to blame for the Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash in Smolensk, Russia. In the aftermath of the resulting controversy, Palikot announced plans to create his own social movement. On 2 October he organized the "Modern Poland" congress in Warsaw, attended by several thousand. At the congress, Palikot announced his 15-point program. On 6 October, Palikot resigned from Civic Platform, along with Kazimierz Kutz.
On 1 June 2011, Palikot formally registered his movement as a political party called "Palikot's Movement".
In the October 2011 elections, the party received 10 percent of the vote and won 40 seats in the Sejm, making it the third party in the chamber behind Civic Platform and Law and Justice—one of the best debut performances for a party since the end of Communism. After the election, one of the MPs of Democratic Left Alliance, Sławomir Kopyciński, decided to leave his party and join Palikot's Movement.
Anna Grodzka, the first ever transsexual MP in European history, was elected from the party lists in 2011. Also, Robert Biedroń became the first openly gay MP in Polish political history. However, most MPs elected from the party platform are known for being entrepreneurs, not equal-rights activists. One parliamentarian, Roman Kotliński, is a former priest of the Catholic Church.
On 8 March, Łukasz Gibała, head of the Cracow structures of the governing Civic Platform, joined Palikot's Movement, becoming the 43rd MP of the party. His transfer was somewhat significant in that he is the nephew of the Minister of Justice Jarosław Gowin.
On 3 February 2013, Palikot's Movement and Racja PL started collaboration with Social Democracy of Poland, Labour United and Union of the Left to form an electoral alliance between the centre-left political parties, named Europa Plus, to contest the European elections in 2014. The project is led by Marek Siwiec, Aleksander Kwasniewski and Janusz Palikot.
On 6 May 2013 Palikot's Movement registered its first local party committee abroad, which had been formed by Poles residing in Brussels, Belgium.
Palikot's Movement wanted to end religious education in state schools, end state subsidies of churches, legalize abortion on demand, lower the voting age to 16, give out free condoms, allow same-sex civil unions, switch to the Mixed-member proportional representation system, reform the Social Security Agency, abolish the Senate, legalize cannabis and implement flat taxes. The party was also generally pro-European.
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