Around 40,000 fascists and their extreme nationalist supporters marched in Warsaw on Wednesday of last week—Polish Independence Day.
In previous years up to 4,000 fascists would break off from the official government-supported nationalist march and fight riot police.
This year they took over the march completely, forcing government ministers to address a small, static event in the main square.
The large fascist demo gained support from across society.
Many young women and families with children joined Nazi groups under the
anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant slogan, “Poland for the Poles, Poles for Poland.”
Many people marched behind White Power banners. There were swastikas and even illegal banned fascist symbols.
Numerous international delegations were present, the biggest from Hungarian fascist party Jobbik. Young men wore “SS” T-shirts. Many were masked and drawn from football and biker Nazi gangs.
Marchers carried anti-Muslim banners and chanted racist slogans. They were not challenged despite a substantial police presence.
When the march reached the football stadium most of the softer nationalists went home. This left a huge core of chanting Nazis as far as the eye could see.
The far right Law and Justice party, which is more extreme than Ukip in Britain, has been successful in recent elections.
Votes for the fascists have gone down but their street presence has increased considerably.
Last Wednesday’s march massively dwarfed a small but vibrant protest held in support of refugees the previous Saturday.