Tens of thousands of Poles participate in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to indicate Polish liberty, a yearly event which has become a focal point of friction between nationalists and liberals.
Some chanted”God, honor, homeland!” Others lit reddish stripes, blanketing segments of this parade together with smoke.
“We need to come back to our origins. Our planet has left God and Christianity,” Robert Bakiewicz, head of a team organizing the march, informed participants at central Warsaw. “We’ll die as the countries of western Europe are perishing “
Poland has become more and more polarised because the governmental Law and Justice (PiS) party came into power in 2015, calling for a revival of Roman and patriotic Catholic principles in public life and a rejection of Western liberalism.
Critics state PiS, that won another term a month with 44 percent of the vote, has tacitly invited teams with origins in the anti-Semitic moves of the 1930s that populate the march, even though the party accomplishes this.
This past year, on the centenary of independence, police officers and President Andrzej Duda, a president of the PiS, agreed to hold a joint event with the yearly parade organizers, but walked in a distance, from some overt displays of nationalism.
This season, PiS maintained its own, independent occasions.
“We must maintain everything that is a base of our Christian civilisation. We’ll walk this route, and when it is done thoughtfully, it is going to bring us to success.”
On Nov. 11, Poles commemorate the institution in 1918 of the 2nd Polish republic, made following World War One out of portions of what was then Russia, Germany, and Austria.
2 decades back, the march was sprinkled with racist banner ads, a few of them studying”Pureblood, clear thoughts” or”Europe is going to be whitened or uninhabited”.
Earlier PiS came into power, scuffles involving participants and authorities weren’t unusual, but in the past several decades, more households with kids have united.
Still another far-right march, at the southwestern town of Wroclaw, had been finished by town police because of racist comments 25 minutes later it had started.
“The march was dissolved (…) because of hate-speech (anti-Semitism) along with using pyrotechnics,” that the vice-president of this Wroclaw City Council, Bartlomiej Ciazynski, composed on Facebook, including that several hundred people participate in the march.