Described as the ‘largest demonstration in Polish history’, around 70,000 Polish nationalists took to the streets yesterday in the city center of Warsaw against immigration into Europe and the European Union—and in particular the latter’s demands that Poland “absorb” invaders who have flooded into Germany over the past few months. Protesters referred to the immigrants as invaders.
The massive demonstration—the largest such event yet in Poland—comes only two weeks after the populist Law and Justice party, described by the controlled media as “right wing”—convincingly won elections in that country, forcing out the previous administration which had not taken a firm enough line against the invasion of Europe.
The nationalist rally, which attached itself to the official Independence Day commemorations in Poland, was addressed by Ruch Narodowy (the National Movement); Member of Parliament Tomasz Rzymkowski; the head of the All-Polish Youth, Adam Andruszkiewicz; and a guest speaker from the Hungarian Jobbik party.
Andruszkiewicz devoted his speech to an attack on the structure of the European Union, saying that their “mission was to rescue the Republic from the hands of the people who brought about the fact that we have to say goodbye to our people who have gone to London to wash dishes . . . We are here to stop these criminals who have created that system, and return our country to rule by Polish patriots.”
This march was, in strong contrast to far-leftist street demonstrations, completely peaceful and ended without incident.
Several thousand riot police officers were deployed for the protest, which was punctuated by numerous firecrackers and smoke bombs but otherwise went off peacefully.
The only violation of the law, the police reported, was that many in the crowd let off red handheld flares, which are illegal in public places. The police however, declined to intervene in view of the peaceful nature of the march.
The large crowd repeatedly chanted “Poland for the Polish” and “Yesterday Moscow, today Brussels, taking our freedom away.” Other slogans reported by the Polish media included “Let us hurry and finish off the communists …” and “Stop Islamisation.”
Demonstrators trampled and burned a European Union flag at one point, while a banner added to the anti-EU theme with the slogan “EU macht frei” (“Work makes you free” in German), a reference to the slogan over the gates at Auschwitz.
“Yesterday it was Moscow, today it’s Brussels which takes away our freedom,” chanted one group of protesters.
Other banners read “Great Catholic Poland” and “Stop Islamisation”.