Officers in riot gear used pepper spray to break up scuffles during Wednesday’s Independence Day march - a regular point of friction between far-right groups and supporters of the nationalist government on one side, and their liberal opponents on the other.
People in the crowd threw bricks and flares at officers, police spokesman Sylwester Marczak said. Violence flared in the city centre and towards the end of the march near the National Stadium, recently converted into a Covid-19 field hospital.
Organisers had said people would drive through the capital’s main roads this year, to get round a ban from city hall imposed to try and contain the pandemic. But thousands of people marched on foot through central Warsaw in addition to those driving.
Most of the detained people had already been released, he added.
As we reported earlier, Poland ranks 2d in Europe in daily Covid-19 incidence.
Ukraine also entered the TOP-10 countries of Europe where the highest daily increase of coronavirus infection is observed.
Ukraine with a daily growth of infected +10,179 occupied an eighth place in Europe, surpassing the Czech Republic and Romania.