Poland commemorated Thursday, August 1st, the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. But a march organized by nationalist movements has been controversial.
With our correspondent in Warsaw, Thomas Giraudeau
In the summer of 1944, 50,000 Poles took up arms against the Nazi occupation in Warsaw. The rebellion had been crushed by the Reich forces and the city completely destroyed. Seventy-five years later, several demonstrations paid tribute on Thursday to the battle of the insurgents.
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Among them, a march organized by nationalist movements. A t-shirt struck with the word "nationalism" and a prominent Kotwica armband, symbol of the Warsaw Uprising, Anna does not consider that associating far-right ideas with Polish resistance is a problem. " During the war, there were nationalists in the resistance. They fought for this symbol, for our homeland. And then today, anyway, everyone uses it and wears it for any reason, "she sweeps.
Under a tent, the nationalists sell T-shirts and Kotwica caps. " It's a symbol that belongs to all Poles. Anyone can wear it. But there are situations where organizations abuse its use. For example LGBT associations putting the Kotwica on rainbow flags , "criticizes Pawel Kryszczak, one of the organizers of the march.
At the rostrum, the speeches preach the fight against the LGBT ideology that would invade Poland. Mieczyslaw Siudek, he is distressed. It fights against the appropriation of Kotwica by the nationalists. " Now the memory of the uprising is gradually moving towards fascist organizations," he says. All these people profane this story. We say that there is no room for hate in the memory of the Uprising. "
In opposition to nationalist songs, several hundred people participated in parallel to a march of silence to pay homage, soberly, to the heroes of the Uprising.