Polish far-right Independence Day march despite judicial ban

Thousands of far-right supporters are expected to march through Warsaw on Thursday at an annual Independence Day gathering after Poland’s nationalist rulers helped challenge a court ban on the event.

Critics say that by lending a hand to the November 11 march, an event marked by occasional violence, the Law and Justice (PiS) government is providing open support to the far right, as Poland faces unprecedented migration pressure. along its eastern border.

It has also become a point of friction between the liberal opposition on the one hand and the PiS government and far-right organizers on the other, as critics accuse the PiS of fomenting anti-migrant sentiment and homophobia.

“PiS has … taken responsibility for everything that happens during the march, every fight, every case of arson,” the left-wing opposition group said on Twitter.

A PiS spokeswoman declined to comment on whether PiS endorses the march and directed questions to a veterans agency that made the formal announcement.

A MEMBER of a neo-Nazi party salutes outside of a Richard Spencer speech on the Michigan State University campus on March 5 (credit: REUTERS / STEPHANIE KEITH)

Organizers promised that the march would be held in honor of uniformed officers who would act as “border protectors” and highlight the importance of protecting Poland’s sovereignty against intruders.

In an escalation of a border crisis that threatens to draw in Russia and NATO, the European Union accused Belarus on Wednesday of mounting a “hybrid attack” by forcing people into Poland, paving the way for new sanctions against Minsk. .

Poland also faces its worst conflict with the EU in years over accusations that it is subverting the rule of law.

The Warsaw city authorities challenged the registration of the march in court and won both the first instance case and an appeal. The mayor of the capital said the march would be illegal if it continued.

On Tuesday, the head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression said he had given the march a formal status, allowing it to move forward, calling the Warsaw mayor’s decision “incomprehensible.”

Representatives of other European far-right groups, including the Hungarian Our Homeland (My Hazank) party, are expected to participate in the march.

The march comes as Poland is in the midst of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.


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