Polish leaders denounce radical nationalists after massive rally in capital

Polish government leaders condemned two self-described radical nationalist groups seeking an ethnically and religiously pure country that organized an Independence Day event attracting tens of thousands of people.
“We do not approve of support in the public sphere for an ethnic national community, we support the idea of a nation rooted in culture,” Piotr Glinski, the country’s deputy prime minister said on Sunday, a day after the country’s largest national independence celebration attracted far-right movements from at least six other European states.
The National Radical Camp and the All Polish Youth — two nativist political movements both named after Polish anti-Semitic fascist leagues from the 1920s and 1930s — organized Saturday’s march to mark the 99th anniversary of the country’s independence. Many of the attendees — estimated at 60,000 by the police — said they were not members of those organizations, but saw nothing wrong with celebrating their country’s 1918 statehood marching alongside them.
The march underscores how a growing section of Polish youth are turning rightward. The National Radical Camp seeks an ethnically pure Poland, and has focused rhetoric against Jews and Muslims, both groups representing less than 1% of the country’s population. The National Radical Camp has said it wants an authoritarian, Catholic Poland, and its members have burned Jews in effigy.
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