2017 marked the largest celebration of Polish Independence Day in recent history with over 60,000 marchers taking part in nationalist demonstrations. Chants of "God, Honor, Homeland" and "Catholic Poland, Not Secular" were heard throughout the demonstrations headed up by the Catholic Polish Nationalist group O.N.R. or "National Radical Camp."
Outlets like Al Jazeera reached into their usual dirty bag of tricks, looking to smear the demonstrators as "Neo-Nazis" and "White Supremacists," but a look at the O.N.R.'s "Declaration of Ideals," shows a deep commitment to the foundation of "Catholic Poland" and clearly condemns biological racism.
Of course, there were counter-protests. The Guardian reports:
A smaller counter-protest by an anti-fascist movement also took place. Organizers kept the two groups apart to prevent violence. However, there was one incident in which the nationalists pushed and kicked several women who chanted anti-fascism slogans and had a banner saying “Stop Fascism”.
“I’m shocked that they’re allowed to demonstrate on this day. It’s 50 to 100,000 mostly football hooligans hijacking patriotism,” said 50-year-old Briton Andy Eddles, a language teacher who has been living in Poland for 27 years. “For me it’s important to support the anti-fascist coalition and to support fellow democrats, who are under pressure in Poland today.”
Antifa, short for Anti-Fascist Action, an organization headed primarily by Communists and Cultural Marxists, have been clashing with Nationalists and Catholics in Poland for some time, causing violence and disruption, but according to reports, the demonstrations yesterday took place without any large-scale violence.
The Antifascists, instead of engaging in patriotism, chose to spend the day honoring Piotr Szczesny, a man who committed suicide by burning himself alive in protest of the Polish government and the Law and Justice party. The Antifascists say that the conservative, and predominantly Catholic Law and Justice party are enacting xenophobic and homophobic laws that "oppress" the people of Poland. Maybe these Antifascists would be happier if Poland began engaging in a vibrant "Diversity Lottery" program. Maybe they just want a gay parade? Who knows.
As it stands, Poland has has ZERO terror attacks thanks to it's "xenophobic" immigration policy.
You can check out this live stream from Ruptly which shows over 4 hours of footage from yesterday's demonstrations: