Thousands of Europeans have marched the streets of Warsaw on Poland’s independence days with banners and chants of “Clean Blood,” “White Europe,” “Refugees Get Out!”, “Pray for an Islamic Holocaust.”
The march had an average of 60,000 from the far-right activists in what seems like their largest gathering in Europe in recent years.
The organized march by the far-right group is an annual event that marks Poland’s independence in 1918.
“The numbers attending this year seem to be bigger and, while not everyone on the march is a far-right activist or fascist, it is undoubtedly becoming more significant and is acting as a magnet for far-right groups around the world,” Nick Lowles, from the UK anti-extremism group Hope Not Hate, told the Guardian.
Under the red smoke of their bombs, they called for an Islamic Holocaust and prayed for a White Poland. The march was later joined by far-right leaders from Italy and the UK.
Faced by a smaller counter-protest who carried anti-fascist banners and chanted anti-fascist slogans, the far-right group started attacking some of the protesters and violence broke out regardless of the organizers efforts to keep the two groups apart.
Regarding the march, the Polish government thought that it was a “great march of patriots.”
“It was a beautiful sight,” the interior minister said. “We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday.”
And people definitely had a say concerning all of this:
you'd think we'd learn from history but what's going on in warsaw solidifies that that is clearly not the case
— rachelϟ (@racheldawn_7) November 13, 2017
60,000 #Nazis March in #Poland calling for an "Islamic Holocaust", chanting anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish slogans to restore a "white Poland."
It's not just a @realDonaldTrump phenomenon.
It is a Euro-American, & even global, rise in bigotry & white supremacy.https://t.co/r4BEmFbiGH
— omid safi (@ostadjaan) November 13, 2017
— PoliHobo (@soakes91) November 13, 2017
Dear President @realDonaldTrump
60.000 people marched through Warsaw and chanted "White Europe" & "Pray for an Islamic Holocaust".#Muslims around the world would welcome a strong condemnation from you to this hatred, racism and xenophobia.#Islam #Indonesia #Turkey #USA #Egypt pic.twitter.com/dlwXLtUq4S
— Hechmi Hamdi (@Malhachimi_Eng) November 12, 2017
Of the 60,000 demonstrators in Poland, some signs read, "PRAY FOR AN ISLAMIC HOLOCAUST." They did so in the name of Catholicism.
— Nate Walker (@revnate) November 13, 2017