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Mobilization in the police, removed construction materials, benches, baskets and bicycle racks, fenced route. On the occasion of the Independence Day, on Thursday, the nationalist march, which this year has a state character, will pass through Warsaw. The start of the ascent from the Dmowski roundabout towards the National Stadium is scheduled for 1pm. The first participants started to gather there before 11am.

The route of the march runs from the Dmowski roundabout to the de Gaulle roundabout along Aleje Jerozolimskie and then through the bridge and Poniatowskiego avenue to the vicinity of the National Stadium. The final of the event will be the laying of wreaths in front of the bust of Ignacy Jan Paderewski at the entrance to Skaryszewski Park.

  • A demonstration organized under the slogan “No pasarán: Poland open, colorful, independent, against fascism”, recorded by the No pasarán Collective, began at the Rotunda. The demonstrators came with banners with slogans, such as: “Nationalism is not patriotism”, “Humanity is my homeland”, “Not for fascism”, “Free Colorful Poland”. They have flags in the colors of the rainbow, in national and EU colors.

    The group of participants of the assembly was surrounded by the March Guard. Its members in olive uniforms and face masks stood with their backs to the protesters. They unrolled large sheets of cloth covering the protesters, and the police separated them from both groups. Participants in both assemblies called on each other for peace.

  • Every few dozen meters on the sidewalks there are portable stalls with flags, bands, cotillions and white and red scarves. National flags were also placed on public transport vehicles.

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    The organizers are already preparing for the march. The march guards meet at the tents set up in Aleje Jerozolimskie near the Palace of Culture and Science. According to PAP, mainly young people – some of them in olive uniforms – are preparing to protect the congregation. At Marszałkowska Street, in front of the Center Houses, the All-Polish Youth gathers to recruit. Promotional materials of the organization are placed on the tables standing under the tents.

  • Although the march will not start until 1 p.m., preparations for the event can be seen from the very morning. Along the route, barriers were erected, and road traffic was also turned off. Concrete dams have been erected across Marszałkowska Street. Police stations are located next to the metal barriers separating the route of the march. From time to time you can hear police car sirens.

  • The following tram lines follow the detours: 4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 22, 24, 35. Trams going over the Poniatowski Bridge towards the center at the Washington roundabout turn into Aleja Zieleniecka and go towards the Ratuszowa-ZOO stop. Difficulties concern numerous bus lines: 107, 109, 111, 116, 117, 127, 128, 131, 158, 171, 175, 180, 222, 503, 507, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 522 and 525. The detours are marked out, among others the still passable Świętokrzyski Bridge. In the night from Wednesday to Thursday from Some night bus lines were also set aside for detours.

  • From the morning, road traffic is disabled at: ul. Marszałkowska on the section from pl. Konstytucji to ul. Świętokrzyska, Aleje Jerozolimskie on the section from the Czter 30olatka roundabout to al. Poniatowskiego (where the Poniatowski bridge enters), Nowy Świat on the section from ul. Książęca to ul. Świętokrzyska with the de Gaulle roundabout, as well as at the intersection of Aleje Jerozolimskie and Krucza street.

The March of Nationalists is an initiative of the March of Independence association, led by Robert Bąkiewicz. However, the capital city office did not record his march, because he was preceded by a group of 14 Women from Most, who had previously reported the event on the same route. Warsaw officials also explained the refusal to register the march of nationalists as a cyclical event by the fact that it did not meet the statutory condition of taking place in a given place for at least three years in a row. President Rafał Trzaskowski recalled that last year’s march took place, but it was illegal.

The decision of the president of Warsaw was corrected by the voivode of Mazovia, Konstanty Radziwiłł. The city went to court, which agreed with him. The appeal of the voivode did not bring any effect either, because the sentence was upheld in the appeal. The interventions of the Prosecutor General, Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro, also did nothing. Robert Bąkiewicz assured that the march would take place anyway, an appropriate legal formula was being sought.

Two days before November 11, the state came to the rescue in the person of Jan Józef Kasprzyk, the head of the Office for Veterans and Victims of Oppression. He decided that the march would be state-owned. Despite this, neither the president nor the prime minister decided to take part in it (their colleagues informed about it).

Main photo source: Martyna Niecko / Agencja Wybcza.pl

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