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Warsaw. Is the nationalists’ march a cyclical event? There is a conclusion. Comment by the voivode

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The Independence March Association submitted an application for consent to a cyclical meeting on November 11. Masovian Voivode Mariusz Frankowski assured that a decision on this matter will be made in the coming weeks.

The voivode stated that it is no secret who organizes the Independence March or the Warsaw Uprising March.

– Applications are submitted by nationalist circles represented by Mr. Bąkiewicz. First of all, I absolutely do not consent to hostile behavior during these marches towards people who think differently. Such behavior has occurred and is unacceptable. Just like the appropriation of independence or the Warsaw Uprising as certain symbols. They should be away from political aggression and ideological issues – said voivode Mariusz Frankowski.

First, questions for the police and city hall

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On December 12, the Independence March association submitted an application for consent to a cyclical meeting on November 11 in the period from 2024 to 2026.

– We have now asked the police and the city regarding their opinion on this application. We are waiting for answers. The premises are clear, they result directly from the act – they are met or they are not met. Of course, there is then the right to appeal to court if the march is not accepted as a cyclical event. I think that such a decision will be made in the coming weeks, said the Masovian Voivode.

The voivode wants changes to the law

He recalled that a change in the regulations regarding cyclical events was introduced in 2016 by Law and Justice to enable the introduction of cyclical celebrations of Smolensk months.

– And this was the main purpose of introducing this act. How ill-considered this solution was, it became clear in 2018, when the President of the Republic of Poland could not organize a march on the 100th anniversary of regaining independence, because it conflicted with, among others, those organized by the nationalist environment – commented Mariusz Frankowski.

He emphasized that the solutions introduced by law discriminate against some citizens and favor some at the expense of others. – We should consider very seriously, and I will advocate, making changes at the statutory level – he added.

What is a cyclical meeting?

Cyclical assemblies must meet the conditions specified in the Act, be organized at least four times a year according to a prepared schedule, or take place at least once a year – on state and national holidays. The voivode issues a decision no later than five days before the planned date of the first in the series of meetings – the decisions are made available in the Public Information Bulletin, along with information about the place and date of the meetings. On the basis of one decision consenting to the periodic organization of assemblies, these assemblies may be held within a period not longer than three years from the date of the first in the series of assemblies.

The gatherings that have a booked route in the capital include: March of the Warsaw Uprising (until 2024) and March of the Cursed Soldiers (until 2025).

Main photo source: Tomasz Zieliński, tvnwarszawa.pl

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