Anti-Semitic chants calling for a “Jew-free” Poland were among the racist epithets shouted by tens of thousands of far-right nationalists who marched Saturday in Warsaw to mark 99 years of the country’s independence, while counter-protesters rallied against fascism. The annual march also attracted a considerable number of supporters of the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party to honor the reestablishment of Poland’s independence in 1918.
With this year’s slogan chosen as “We Want God,” participants chanted “God, honor, country” and “Glory to our heroes,” while some participants also shouted lines against the county’s tiny Jewish community like “Pure Poland, Jew-free Poland,” and “Jews out of Poland,” and “Refugees get out.” Some 90 percent of Polish Jewry was killed during the Holocaust. Today, the community is said to number under 10,000. READ MORE