Thousands of Poles joined on Monday in a yearly Independence Day march organized by nationalist groups, an event that has grown over the past decade as the far right across Europe has strengthened and gained a degree of social acceptance.
Participants burned flares and shot off firecrackers, creating a thick cloud of smoke in the national colors of white and red. There was
no immediate police estimate for the size of this year's march in Warsaw, but it appeared by be smaller than in 2017 or 2018, when tens of thousands took part.
As participants marched, a group of counter-protesters protected by police sang "Bella ciao," an Italian anti-fascist resistance anthem, and chanted "Warsaw free from fascism," among other slogans.