Left and right scuffles on Independence Day

Published on 12 November 2010 at 10:17

Cover

“We booed them,” headlines Gazeta Wyborcza referring to the stand off between extreme right supporters and their left wing opponents during 11 November celebrations of Polish Independence Day. A record number of participants took part in both demonstrations, with some 2,000 members of the National Radical Camp (ONR) facing a 3,000 strong coalition of feminists, antifascists, homosexuals and left-wing sympathisers. The latter, following the advice of Gazeta Wyborcza, brought whistles to drown out their opponents’ slogans and blocked their way, leading to minor scuffles and a number of arrests. “The tide of nationalism is rising in Europe and it has come to Poland,” warns the liberal daily.

Was this article useful? If so we are delighted! It is freely available because we believe that the right to free and independent information is essential for democracy. But this right is not guaranteed forever, and independence comes at a cost. We need your support in order to continue publishing independent, multilingual news for all Europeans. Discover our membership offers and their exclusive benefits and become a member of our community now!

Are you a news organisation, a business, an association or a foundation? Check out our bespoke editorial and translation services.

Support independent European journalism

European democracy needs independent media. Join our community!

On the same topic