Far-Right Marchers in Warsaw Chant 'Jews Out of Poland'

Leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice Jaroslaw Kaczynski right kisses the hand of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo during a press conference summarizing two years of the party's government in Warsaw Poland Tuesday Nov. 14 2017. The vid

Leader of Poland's ruling party Law and Justice Jaroslaw Kaczynski right kisses the hand of Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo during a press conference summarizing two years of the party's government in Warsaw Poland Tuesday Nov. 14 2017. The vid

Calling for arrests, the From the Depths founder wrote: "As a proud Jew of Polish origin, I am disgraced and ashamed that citizens of this country be allowed to do such heinous acts and I expect the prosecutor to take full action".

"While the joyous 99th anniversary of Polish Independence was appropriately celebrated in ceremonies led by President Duda, the day was seriously marred by hateful, far-right throngs that threaten the core values of Poland and its standing overseas", said Agnieszka Markiewicz, Director of AJC's Warsaw-based Central Europe office.

Kaczynski called the far-right slogans at Saturday's march "extremely bad, completely unacceptable", but insisted they were "very marginal" incidents.

The banners displayed by the protestors, among others, depicted a falanga, a far-right symbol dating to the 1930s, and the Celtic cross used by white supremacists.

The annual nationalist march was met with smaller counter-protests. "We are proud that so many Poles made a decision to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday".

"For Poles, who differ in their opinions but who share the same values like freedom, like allegiance to their Independent Homeland, the march was a big occasion to celebrate", the Polish Foreign Ministry said.

Israel has condemned Saturday's events in Warsaw, describing its participants as "dangerous... extreme and racist elements".

Duda was echoed by the powerful leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, widely regarded as Poland's defacto powerbroker.

He also said the racist slogans could have been a "provocation" by "those who want to harm Poland", without specifying who he had in mind.

Agnieszka Markiewicz, the director of the American Jewish Committee's Warsaw office, said: "The apparent tolerance for purveyors of hate by some Polish government officials is particularly troubling". "History shows that racial hatred must be dealt with quickly and decisively".

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