Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Far-right among 200,000 in Poland independence march

Poland’s Eurosceptic lea­ders marked a century of national independence as 200,000 people marched through the capital in a parade involving far-right groups and neo-fascist activists from Italy.

The march was a focus of debate about whether the ruling Law and Justice Party tacitly encourages groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements. The party won power in 2015 and Poland has since become increasingly isolated in Europe amid accusations of a tilt towards authoritarian rule.

Some marchers in Warsaw chanted: “Away with the EU” but there was no sign of white supremacist banners visible at last year’s march.

Government officials walked at a distance from the main marchers, away from any overt displays of nationalism, and were kept separate by police.

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