Every year in the capital of Poland, there is an independence parade. Since 2009, right-wing protesting began to break out.
"Ultra Nationalists" have taken to the streets, some wearing masks and lighting flares, holding up signs saying things that go against immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-Semitic messages, and anything that "Undermines Polish Catholic values."
No Immigrants! They Cause Disease!
The march has become a magnet for white supremacists not just in Poland, but all over Europe. The estimated amount of people that showed up to the march grew to 60,000.
Poland (who is also part of the EU)
Poland started to take a very nationalistic turn resulting in a right-winged party named the Law and Justice Party gaining power in 2015.
The Law and Justice Party
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The Prime Minister condemned the message of the march, but the gov't has been fostering these xenophobic and intolerant feelings to embolden the ultra -nationalists.
Xenophobia Antisemitism Islamophobia Homophobia
The EU thinks that Poland is taking away the democratic process. This started with the LJP refusing to appoint legally elected justices to the panel. They also blocked out publications of their rulings. If this continues, Poland will get certain rights suspended by the EU.
Stop what you're doing, or there will be punishments!!