A nationalist crowd estimated at around 75,000, burning flares and carrying Polish flags, marched through the streets of Warsaw, taking part in Poland’s National Independence Day celebrations under the banners of “Poland the Bastion of Europe.”
The nationalist march—known for its strident opposition to the Third World invasion of Europe—was by the far the largest component of a series of public demonstrations which took place to mark Poland’s national day.
The nationalist section of the celebrations, which draws the huge crowds, was organized by two Polish nationalist organizations, Mlodziez Wszechpolska (All-Polish Youth), and the Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny (National Radical Camp).
Banners reading “Mohammad not welcome,” and other patriotic slogans were in evidence, as the tens of thousands of people moved through the city center.
The nationalist element of the Polish Independence Day celebrations has now drawn the largest crowd for two years in a row, with the 2015 celebrations drawing what was then a record crowd of 50,000.
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Separately, a few hundred communists and their supporters held what they called an “anti-fascist” march in the city. One of their most prominent banners was in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, reading “Together against racism.”