Warsaw mayor bans far-Right march celebrating 100th anniversary of Polish independence

Nationalist march banned in Warsaw amid fears of violence

Nationalist march banned in Warsaw amid fears of violence

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A Polish court has overturned a ban on a nationalist march in Warsaw to mark 100 years of Poland's independence.

The Independence March, organised by Poland's National Radical Camp (ONR), an NGO, has taken place in Warsaw every November for the past seven years.

A rally is held annually in the capital on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's independence at the end of the first world war, but last year's event was marked by confrontations with counter-protesters.

Among the Polish flags past year were smoke bombs, along with racist and anti-Semitic chants and banners.

"Warsaw has suffered enough because of aggressive nationalism", she said.

"Poland's 100th anniversary of independence shouldn't look like this, hence my decision to forbid it", she said.

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The ban resembled Poland's former communist regime, he said, adding that Poles must now beware not just "external interference by various global actors [the EU], but internal [foes]" as well.

Outgoing Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz told reporters in Warsaw on Wednesday she had not received assurances from the interior ministry regarding a police presence to guarantee the event's security this Sunday. Even if the courts confirm her decision, we will still meet.

The announcement of the state event comes after the Warsaw city mayor earlier in the day banned a march by radical nationalists that has marred Poland's global reputation in the past and proven deeply divisive at home.

Earlier this week Gronkiewicz-Waltz said she would consider banning the march "if there was any element of hatred", according to local Polish broadcaster TVN24.

A statement on the president's website said the banning caused "an unnecessary escalation of emotions that could additionally affect the celebrations of regaining independence by Poland" and he, along with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, was putting on the alternate march as a show of unity.

It attracted 60,000 people past year, including neo-Nazis from Italy, the United Kingdom, and further afield, some of whom chanted racist and anti-semitic slogans, carried banners with neo-Nazi symbols, set off smoke bombs, and damaged cars, shrubs, and pavements. This drew condemnation from a variety of groups, including Jewish organizations.

It has also refused to take in Middle Eastern and North African migrants, despite European Union demands to do so, citing public safety worries.

Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russian Federation, was the identical twin of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the right-wing Law and Justice party that is now in power.

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