Polish police broke up a feminist rally and forcefully removed activists to clear the way for a march for far-right extremists.
Women’s Strike group and activists from Obywatele RP, which aims to defend democratic principles in Poland, taking part in a sit-in in central Warsaw, to block the far-right rally’s route.
Many of the women were holding up photos of Heather Heyer, the American woman killed when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
Holding white roses, the group aimed to prevent several dozen extremists from marching in central Warsaw on Poland’s Armed Forces Day.
However, police officers were filmed forcibly removing the protesters off the street before taking them to a side street and recording their names. As they did so, new protesters arrived to take their place in the sit-in.
An anti-communist and nationalist political group, the National Radical Camp has been described as being influenced by Italian fascism and rejecting parliamentary democracy.
The All-Polish Youth reportedly met in front to the Polish Army Museum and were supposed to make their way across the city to the tomb of the unknown solider.
“We want to pay homage to the outstanding generation of Poles who have regained independence for Poland and who defended it in front of the Bolshevik’s barbaric invasion,” the organisers said.
In recent years, Polish far-right groups have become increasingly active, particularly on national holidays.
Critics of the ruling Law and Justice party believe the government is emboldening them by failing to denounce them in strong terms.