‘Europe Will Be White’, ‘Let’s Pray for Islamic Holocaust’, ‘Clean Blood’, ‘White Power, Ku Klux Klan’, ‘National Socialism’ - such were the slogans hailed at the Independence Day march held in Warsaw on Saturday November 11th. There were 60,000 nationalists marching. This event was the biggest gathering of European nationalists that took place on Independence Day and overshadowed all other state celebrations.
Why has Poland became a centre of European nationalists? This country suffered the most during World War II of all the member states of the European Union - not to mention that Warsaw was razed to the ground in 1944 by the Nazis.
Why is it that ten years ago in a similar march in Warsaw there were 500 people and now there were 60,000? Local social scientists claim that there are different reasons for an increase in nationalistic attitudes. For instance, lack of democratic traditions (before the war there was a right wing dictatorship and after the war a communist regime), the strong influence of the Polish Catholic church which does not tolerate other religions, lack of social variety (people from abroad make up less than 1% of population), and the economic and political crisis in the EU.
One of the major factors of flourishing nationalism may be the fact that the catholic and nationalistic ruling party Law and Justice has started collaborating with young people who are supporting fascism. While the Law and Order party was in opposition they were backing the march of nationalists as a showing of real patriots and not ‘footmen’ of Brussels.
When Law and Justice won the elections two year ago, the public TV started inviting ultra fascists and nationalists who were expressing their opinions. This is one of the reasons why during the march there were not only fascists marching, but also ordinary citizens, young and old people. Nationalism has became a state ideology.
The Minister of Justice, Mariusz Blaszczak, said that he did not see any fascist or racist banners during the march and the public TV praised the march as a beautiful, patriotic event. Poland is becoming a haven for nationalists from all over the European Union. At the march there were fascists speaking from London, Rome, Budapest and Bratislava.
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reports from Warsaw