Because of the corona pandemic, the march was actually banned, but thousands of nationalists and right-wing radicals marched through Warsaw for Polish Independence Day. There were riots.
Despite a ban, thousands of Polish nationalists and right-wing extremists marched through Warsaw on Wednesday for the so-called independence march. In clashes, several emergency services were injured, the police said on Twitter on Wednesday.
The officers used tear gas and rubber bullets. TV footage showed demonstrators throwing stones and fireworks at the police. A video shared on Twitter showed a fire in the apartment of a multi-story house with a rainbow flag posted for tolerance and acceptance.
Because of the corona pandemic, Warsaw’s mayor Rafał Trzaskowski banned the march, which right-wing organizations had called for the Polish national holiday. In Poland, gatherings are currently only allowed with a maximum of five people. The organizers then called for a car and motorcycle parade through the city center. However, many participants left cars and motorcycles in back streets and continued on foot.
March known for heavy rioting
In recent years there have been repeated serious riots during the march. This year the motto was: “Our civilization, our rules”. The poster shows a knight who smashes a red and rainbow-colored star – an allusion to communism, socialism and the LGBT community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Independence Day on November 11th is a national holiday in Poland. On this day in 1918, Jozef Pilsudski had taken command of the Polish troops in Warsaw and proclaimed independence. This coincided with the conclusion of the armistice between Germany and France. With the peace treaties after the First World War, the long division of Poland by Prussia, Austria-Hungary and Russia was overcome.