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The march on June 4 passed through the streets of the capital. Organizers: half a million people demonstrated

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On Sunday – on the 34th anniversary of the first partially free elections – a march called by the leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, marched through the streets of Warsaw “against high prices, theft and lies, for free elections and a democratic, European Poland”. It ended at Zamkowy Square, where Tusk spoke. Organizers say half a million people attended the march.

The demonstrators gathered at Plac Na Rozdrożu. There, at noon, Donald Tusk spoke. – I am looking here today, at the center of Warsaw, at endless crowds of people who have come to manifest their anger, but also their hope. It’s been a long time since I thought that the words “here is Poland” fit so well to the place and time. Yes, this is Poland – he said. And he added: – Nothing can stop this voice, this wave. The giant woke up.

As he said, “The first step to throwing off bondage is to be brave to be free, the first step to victory is to know your own strength.” – We are here today so that all of Poland, all of Europe, the whole world, so that everyone can see how strong we are, how many of us are ready, just like then, forty, thirty years ago, to fight again for democracy, for Poland, for our rights – he said .

Tusk: No one will drown us out todayTVN24

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They also spoke at Plac Na Rozdrożu former president Lech Wałęsa, mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram on the initiative of “Free Courts”.

Wałęsa: I suspect that I will never have as many listeners as today in my life

Wałęsa: I suspect that I will never have as many listeners as today in my life TVN24

Around 12.30 the march moved along the Royal Route towards the Castle Square. Along the way, politicians, local government officials, activists and other invited guests spoke from the bus among the marchers. Leaders of other opposition parties, among others, also took part in the march Vladimir CzarzastySzymon Hołownia i Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz.

President of PO Donald Tusk, Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and former President Lech Wałęsa at the head of the June 4 March in WarsawPAP/Pawel Supernak

The crowd stretched the entire route of the march. After 2 p.m., when the head of the march was already on Zamkowy Square, demonstrators were still starting from the place where it started.

Bartosz Arłukowicz, PO MEP: about half a million people are marching

Bartosz Arłukowicz, PO MEP: about half a million people are marchingTVN24

Tusk: from today there will be no more silence

Just before 3 p.m., the gathered people sang the national anthem on Zamkowy Square.

The participants of the march sang the Polish anthem

The participants of the march sang the Polish anthemTVN24

Later Donald Tusk performed. – As long as we have Poland in our hearts, no one and nothing will really threaten it. What does Poland mean in our hearts? Poland is freedom, Poland is solidarity, Poland is love – for this land, for its countrymen, for its history. There is no Poland without love, solidarity and freedom – said the head AFTER.

– Why did half a million Polish women and men take to the streets today? Because we feel that for years Poland has been ruled by people who cannot love, who have falsified the word solidarity and who take away our freedom bit by bit every day. We are here to show that if half a million people were able to go out into the streets and say: “We are together”, nothing will divide us, no one will destroy us, because we have Poland in our hearts, because we believe that the time for happy Poland is coming, Tusk announced.

Tusk: as long as we have Poland in our hearts, no one and nothing will really threaten it

Tusk: as long as we have Poland in our hearts, no one and nothing will really threaten itPhotos of the organizer

He stressed that “democracy dies in silence”. – From now on, there will be no more silence. You raised your voice today on behalf of 38 million Polish women and men. You have raised your voice for democracy so that it does not die despite daily attacks PiS on its foundations. No, democracy in Poland will not die, there will be no silence. We will shout loudly – announced Tusk.

THIS IS WHAT WE REPORTED ON THE MARCH ON TVN24.PL

According to the organizers, 500,000 people took part in the march. people. As PAP learned unofficially from sources close to the police, between 100,000 and 150,000 people took part in the march. people.

Meetings were also held on Sunday in other cities. Among other things, in Krakow and in Szczecin.

March in KrakowPAP

Main photo source: PAP/Pawel Supernak



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