“We don’t understand the decision of Mayor Gronkiewicz-Waltz … Even if the courts confirm her decision, we will still meet … The march will take place,” said Tomasz Dorosz, the leader of Poland’s National Radical Camp, one of the groups involved in organizing the march.
In a statement on Wednesday, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Warsaw’s liberal outgoing mayor has banned the Polish independence march planned for Sunday to mark the centenary, citing the “risk of violence and expressions of hatred.” (….)
Organizers said they would defy the ban. They lodged a court appeal against the decision to shut down the annual Nov. 11 event commemorating the anniversary of Poland’s independence at the end of World War One.
On Nov. 11 Poles commemorate the establishment of the second Polish republic in 1918 from territory seized in the 18th century by the Russian, Austrian and Prussian empires.