Over sixty thousand people marched on warsaw to commemorate Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw on November 11, 2017. Whilst most of the crowd featured a happy and positive march celebrating the country’s independence day, three radical-nationalist groups took part, with banners calling for “White Europe” and “Clean Blood.”
The chanting of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and anti-gay slogans, was not immediately condemned from the senior government official (where Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said: “There were no incidents.” But he refused to acknowledge that there were racist slogans at the march “It’s only your opinion, because you behave like a political activist,”)
This comes as a following of the past week tense relations between Poland and EU due to the recent changed of the legislation.
In previous years, as opposed to this year, there were violent clashes between the marchers and anti-fascist demonstrators. To prevent that, the police blocked the streets, as well as the central Warsaw Poniatowski Bridge which resulted in peaceful march.