A Violent Polish Independence Day Parade In Warsaw

12 11 2012

This year the right-wing groups, left-wing radicals and government supporters held their own Polish Independence Day parades in Warsaw to push for their visions of what sort of country Poland should be.

However, the parade turned violent when the riot police confronted right-wing nationalists.

The right wing groups were not happy because they feel the government has liberal values imported from Europe that are ruining Poland’s Catholic traditions.

They are unhappy with issues like gay rights or LGBT rights.

A Reuters correspondent saw policemen beating protesters with truncheons, forcing the rioters to disperse.

Police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said, “The police used rubber bullets, pepper spray, stun grenades and truncheons.”

Poland was independent on November 11, 1918.

Anyway I wonder why did some people waved Ukraine flags during the Polish Independence Day celebration as in the first picture?

(Please click the photos for bigger images)


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13 11 2012
Squad

The colours are reversed and this means that these flags are in fact Upper Silesian (historical and geographic region of Poland). But there were Ukrainians with their national flags, apart from them I could see Hungarians, Norwegians, Swedes, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Italians, Slovaks and Czechs – all with their own flags. Most of the people belonged to various nationalist movements from all over Europe.

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13 11 2012
ahmadalikarim

Dear Squad,
Thank you for the information especially about the Upper Silesian flag. You are very kind. Isn’t it funny when people waved other countries’ flags during the Polish Independence Day celebration in Warsaw? I guess everybody should have waved the Poland flags as a respect to the country on such an important day.

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