Polish leaders denounce far-right march
Polish President Andrzej Duda says there is no place in Poland for xenophobia, anti-Semitism and "sick nationalism", denouncing hate speech at a nationalist march in Warsaw in comments later echoed by ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Jewish groups called on the Polish authorities to condemn the message of banners with slogans such as "pure blood, clear mind" or "Europe will be white or uninhabited" that some nationalists carried at a march on November 11 - the anniversary of Polish independence from Russia, Austria and Germany at the end of World War I.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators attended a march through Warsaw organised by far-right groups on Saturday, carrying flares and Polish flags, many chanting anti-migrant slogans.Trump wants immigrants from 'everywhere'
The Independence March has become an annual event in recent years, separate from official ceremonies to mark the holiday, and has attracted many people apart from far-right sympathisers.
The government of the right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) condemned the racist banners, but not the march itself. PiS won election in 2015 partly thanks to support from younger voters, who have increasingly embraced right-wing views in recent years.
"Extremely bad incidents have taken place," Kaczynski said, calling the banners a marginal phenomenon and "disgraceful rubbish". "Polish tradition - the one we invoke - has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, we are as far as possible from that, nothing to do with racism."Trump tax cut bill clears first hurdle
Poland was for generations home to one of Europe's biggest Jewish communities, until nearly all perished in Nazi death camps during German occupation in World War II.