Warsaw, Poland: Tens Of Thousands Take To The Streets To Celebrate Independence Day

Protesters light flares and carry Polish flags during a rally, organised by far-right, nationalist groups, to mark the anniversary of Polish independence in Warsaw, Poland, November 11, 2016. © Kacper Pempel

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Warsaw on the country’s Independence Day, with military ceremonies taking place alongside patriotic revelers and far-right nationalists.

Celebrated on November 11 each year, Poland’s Independence Day marks the regaining of the country’s independence in 1918, after 123 years of partition by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Habsburg Empire.

While some of Friday’s events were sanctioned by the government, others were demonstrations organized by non-governmental political groups, the largest by far being held by anti-islamic, pro-white Polish nationalists. Marching under the slogan ‘Poland: The Bastion of Europe,’ around 50,000 people were estimated to attend the event.

Much smaller demonstrations of the extreme left wing also took place.

Ruptly footage showed nationalists waving Polish flags through the streets, with many waving flares. Some carried banners depicting a falanga – a far-right symbol from the 1930s depicting a stylized hand with a sword.

Other banners read “God, Honor, Fatherland” and “Death to the enemies of the fatherland,” and “To be a Pole, to be Catholic is a privilege and honor.”

There were no reports of violence or arrests, as the left wing march was located on a different route well away from the main demonstrations.




2 thoughts on “Warsaw, Poland: Tens Of Thousands Take To The Streets To Celebrate Independence Day”

  1. Reblogged this on behindertvertriebentessarzblog and commented:
    Grüße auch an die vielen zum Reich gehörenden Volks-Deutschen nach Liste. Etwas vergessen Besatzer und Bolschewisten, die Völker Europa haben sich aus Familien und deren Ehegatten aus vielen Nachbar-Völkern selber vermischt und lebten ohne Bolschewisten und Geld in Dollar 2000 und noch 2000 Jahre vorher ehrlicher zusammen! Daher auch an die polnische Nachbarschaft meine Grüße. Mit der Geburt des weißen Büffel haben wir Chancsen uns von Sklaventreiber zu befreien! Glück, Auf, meine Heimat!


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