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Hundreds arrested during Independence Day march in Poland

Source : 112 Ukraine

As a result of clashes, 35 police officers were injured
16:42, 12 November 2020

Clashes at Poland's Independence Day far-right march
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Polish police detained more than 300 people after clashing with far-right demonstrators in Warsaw during a planned Independence Day march on Wednesday, November 11, Reuters reported.

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.

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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.

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“There were a number of flares, dangerous objects thrown towards the policemen and posing a threat to the policemen. There were 35 policemen hurt,” Marczak said.

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.

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