Thousands of people took part in an annual far-right march in #Warsaw to mark #Poland’s Independence Day on Wednesday. Emerge confrontation between police and right-wing groups. Right-wing groups are an appearing increasing concern for #Europe.
Police confirm that “several”officers were injured in Wednesday’s events.
National Independence Day is a national day in Poland celebrated on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 from the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian.
Clashes during Poland’s Independence Day as marchers lob fireworks & police use rubber bullets.
Warsaw on Wednesday to mark Poland’s Independence Day, with clashes breaking out between some of those assembled and riot police. Several officers were injured, Warsaw police said.
Footage captured during the march, which was held despite Covid restrictions, showed people throwing barriers aside and launching projectiles at riot police, who in turn reportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets. Some of those marching also blocked roads near Warsaw’s National Stadium where a temporary hospital for Covid-19 patients had been set up, police said. A police spokesperson said that officers “acted strongly to clear roads blocked by hooligans” in order to let ambulances carrying respirators past.
Police said that a number of people had been detained, adding: “In order to restore order, means of direct coercion are being used.”
Firefighters said that a blaze which broke out in an apartment in the centre of the capital had probably been caused by demonstrators throwing flares and fireworks as they marched past.
Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski last week refused to authorise the march, which in the past has been criticised by liberals for attracting far-right troublemakers, but praised by conservative politicians as a show of Polish patriotism.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki last week appealed for the Independence March to be called off amid a surge in COVID-19 infections.
Gatherings of more than five people have been forbidden in Poland under rules aiming to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and the government has warned that a nationwide lockdown may be imposed if cases continue to surge.
In a televised address, President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday told Poles that abiding by government restrictions was a form of patriotism.
Earlier in the day, the president and prime minister laid a wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in central Warsaw during pared-back ceremonies to mark Independence Day.