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Nationalists burn flares during a march to mark Poland’s Independence Day, Warsaw, Nov. 11, 2017 (AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski).

Is Poland Becoming the European Capital of Xenophobia?

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

On Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I, Poland celebrates its national Independence Day. This year, the most popular of the many events held that day took on a shocking tone, capturing the world’s attention and raising a sense of alarm.

While most of the observances unfolded as one would expect in a standard patriotic event, the biggest of all was the one sponsored by extremist right-wing groups, including the heirs to Nazi organizations. Their rally, with some 60,000 marchers parading through the streets of Warsaw, featured brazenly racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and homophobic banners and chants. ...

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