Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

'White Europe': 60000 nationalists march on Poland's Independence Day

Melinda Barton | 13 November, 2017, 01:44

At the march, demonstrators tossed red smoke bombs and carried banners with phrases like "White Europe", "Clean Blood", "Europe Will Be White" and "Pray for Islamic Holocaust", according to the Wall Street Journal.

Other events were also held in the city for Independence Day, which marks the country regaining independence 123 years after it was carved up by Tsarist Russia, Prussia, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He added: "We are proud that so many Poles have made a decision to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday".

Police estimate that 60,000 people took part in the nationalist demonstration.

There were also many families and older people in attendance.

Prior to 1918, Poland had been partitioned among its neighbours and wiped off the map of Europe for more than 120 years.

Reports indicate that not only Poles, but also other Europeans participated in the events, including popular Eurosceptic and nationalist figureheads, such as Tommy Robinson from Britain and Roberto Fiore from Italy. Several of the speakers called on people to stand against liberals and defend Christian values.

Mariusz Blaszczak, the country's interior minister, labelled the event as a "beautiful sight".

But main march participant Kamil Staszalek warned against making generalisations and said he was marching to "honour the memory of those who fought for Poland's freedom".

However, Andy Eddles, a Brit who has lived in Poland for 27 years, said: "I'm shocked that they're allowed to demonstrate on this day".

But many argued the day had been "hijacked" by racist groups, with an "anti-fascist" counter-protest attracting around 2,000 people. It's 50 to 100,000 mostly football hooligans hijacking patriotism.

Speaking at the capital's Piłsudski square, President Andrzej Duda said the spot was of symbolic importance.

The events that take place on November 11 in Poland have increasingly been characterized in the past years not only by an assertion of Polish national self-determination, but also a rejection of the European Union's globalist mindset.

"I am convinced that the Independence Day can be celebrated with a smile on our faces and with joy in our hearts because there really is much to celebrate and much be proud of - without hostile chants and without clenched fists", he told journalists on Saturday morning. "No politician in Poland has ever had nor will ever have a monopoly on patriotism", Tusk told reporters.

Tusk's appearance comes at a time when Warsaw has been increasingly at odds with Brussels because of the PiS government's controversial court reforms, large-scale logging in a primeval forest and refusal to welcome migrants.