Annual march organised by the far-right sees a handful of individuals carry white supremacist or anti-gay rights banners.
Hundreds of individuals have gathered in Warsaw for an annual march organised by the far-right to mark Independence Day, with a handful carrying white supremacist or anti-gay rights banners and firing off purple flares.
Marchers, together with households with youngsters – in addition to representatives of far-right teams, waved white and purple Polish flags and chanted “God, Honour, Homeland” as they walked on Friday by way of central Warsaw amid a heavy police presence.
The annual occasion has turn into a degree of friction between far-right teams and supporters of the nationalist Regulation and Justice (PiS) authorities of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on one aspect, and their liberal opponents on the opposite.
Because it got here to energy in 2015, PiS has enacted a number of conservative laws, together with the introduction of a near-total ban on abortion.
Critics at residence and overseas have accused it of fomenting homophobia throughout election campaigns.
“Poland shall be unbiased provided that all people’s rights to life are equal and abortion is totally banned,” mentioned one participant, Magorzata Kurzeja, 42, an anti-abortion rights activist.
The Warsaw metropolis corridor has tried a number of instances to ban or forestall the march, however the Independence March affiliation, the organiser, has efficiently challenged court docket choices.