Court bucks gov­ern­ment, al­lows na­tion­al­ist pa­rade

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

WAR­SAW | A Pol­ish court on Thurs­day over­turned a War­saw city ban on a march or­ga­nized by far-right na­tion­al­ist groups, jus­ti­fy­ing the de­ci­sion on con­sti­tu­tional grounds of the free­dom of as­sem­bly.

The de­ci­sion is the lat­est de­vel­op­ment sur­round­ing con­tentious, con­fus­ing prepa­ra­tions for an In­de­pen­dence Day march on Sun­day in the Pol­ish cap­i­tal to honor the coun­try’s 100 years of in­de­pen­dence.

For the past decade, far-right na­tion­al­ists have been or­ga­niz­ing marches on the Nov. 11 In­de­pen­dence Day in War­saw, and this year fears of open demon­stra­tions of ex­trem­ism and pos­si­ble clashes with coun­ter­protesters threat­ened to over­shadow all other events on the na­tion’s cen­te­nary cal­en­dar.

Pol­ish gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials had tried for months to per­suade the na­tion­al­ists to make the War­saw march this year an in­clu­sive af­fair in­volv­ing state of­fi­cials with­out any provoca­tive ban­ners, but the two sides were un­able to agree.

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