POLAND’S Foreign Ministry paid lip service to condemning racist, anti-semitic and xenophobic ideas yesterday, while portraying the weekend’s large nationalist march in Warsaw as an expression of patriotic feeling.
The ministry called the march on the Independence Day holiday “a great celebration of Poles, differing in their views but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland.”
The event was organised by groups tracing their roots to pre-war clerical fascist and anti-semitic groups.
Police detained 45 counter-protesters who blocked the 60,000-strong march’s path, but didn’t act against those chanting anti-semitic slogans or
carrying Islamophobic posters.
A group of civic rights activists protested yesterday over authorities’ failure to respond properly to the conduct of the far-right.
They chanted: “Warsaw free from fascism” outside the city hall, holding a banner reading: “Poland, wake up. Fascism is coming.” They proceeded to a police station to protest there.