Thou­sands join march or­ga­nized by far-right

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

WARSAW, POLAND » Tens of thou­sands of na­tion­al­ists marched in a demon­stra­tion or­ga­nized by far-right groups in Warsaw on Satur­day, as Poles cel­e­brated their coun­try’s In­de­pen­dence Day.

The far-right march was one of many events mark­ing Poland’s re­birth as a na­tion in 1918 after be­ing wiped off the map for 123 years. Ear­lier in the day, Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda presided over state cer­e­monies also at­tended by Euro­pean Union pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk, a for­mer Pol­ish prime min­is­ter.

But the march has be­come the largest In­de­pen­dence Day event in re­cent years, over­shad­ow­ing of­fi­cial state ob­ser­vances and other pa­tri­otic events. Some par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for xeno­pho­bic or white su­prem­a­cist ideas, with one ban­ner read­ing, “White Europe of broth­erly na­tions.”

Par­tic­i­pants marched un­der the slo­gan “We Want God,” words from an old Pol­ish re­li­gious song that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump quoted from dur­ing a visit to Warsaw ear­lier this year.

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