Right-Wing ExtremismTens of thousands at far-right independence march in Warsaw

Several tens of thousands of people took part in the nationalist Independence March in Warsaw on Nov. 11, 2022.

In the annual march for Polish Independence Day, right-wing extremists from other European countries once again took part, in addition to numerous Polish far-right and Catholic organizations.

From the neo-Nazi block “Autonomous Nationalists” bystanders were attacked with pepper spray. Participants displayed racist and antisemitic banners and shouted slogans such as “No wars for Israel”. During the final rally, rainbow and EU flags were burned.

While individual participants showed solidarity with Ukraine and positioned themselves against the Russian war of aggression, banners were displayed numerous times that were directed against a supposed “Ukrainization” of Poland or Ukrainian refugees.

The neo-fascist organizations National Radical Camp (Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny, ONR) and All-Polish Youth (Młodzież Wszechpolska, MW) as well as right-wing parties such as Konfederacja were present with their own blocks.

The march was again led by deputies and ministers from the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS). Among them was Polish Justice Minister and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro.

The march is considered the largest demonstration organized by right-wing extremists in Europe.

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