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Polish leaders to walk with nationalists on Independence Day

Polish leaders to walk with nationalists on Independence Day

WARSAW, POLAND – The Polish government and organizers of an annual march of nationalists say they have agreed to a joint march on Polish Independence Day on Sunday.

The announcement that was made late Friday means that President Andrzej Duda and other state officials will march in the capital with organizations whose annual march of last year consisted of racist banners and white supremacist symbols.

The agreement was announced by government officials and by the top march organizer, Robert Bakiewicz. He is a leader of the National Radical Camp, which finds its roots in an anti-Semitic movement from the 1930s.

The development comes after the chaotic days of preparations for the centenary of the rebirth of Poland as a state at the end of the First World War. At one point it seemed that there would be two separate marches.

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