Poland's left-wing Together Party wants Patriot March called off
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Some 3,000 people have signed a petition issued by the party calling for Wednesday’s nationalist march in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław to be cancelled.
Poster of the Patriot March in Wrocław to be held on Wednesday, 11 November (L), juxtaposed with a 1930s Nazi propaganda poster (R). Photo: Facebook.com
In a letter addressed to the city Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz, the grouping, along with activists from leftist civil society organizations, voiced their concern over the growing problem of racial violence in Wrocław in recent years.
The authors of the missive have expressed fear over far-right groups descending on the city from across Europe to take part in the upcoming march, organized for the fifth time by radical nationalist party, the National Rebirth of Poland (NOP). Some 10,000 people are to take part in the event commemorating the country’s Independence Day on 11 November.
“We demand that the mayor of Wrocław does not consent to racist, Nazi or homophobic marches [in the city],” says Together party member Marcelina Zawisza.
Last week, the Wrocław branch of IBM advised its international personnel to avoid rallies and marches in Wrocław on 11 November as these could pose a threat to their safety. (aba/rk)