Poland,Warsaw: Balance of clashes during the Independence Day: 40 policemen injured, 200 people detained
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Poland,Warsaw: Balance of clashes during the Independence Day: 40 policemen injured, 200 people detained

Warsaw : Poland | Nov 11, 2011 at 4:26 PM PST
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With more than ten thousand people "Independence March" went on a Friday through the streets of Polish capital. Some of the participants repeatedly clashed with the police. Are injured, material damage and about 200 detainees. In total, 29 people were injured. Many more were wounded, police officers - recent data speak of 40 injured officers.

The information supplied by the police shows that among the detainees are persons who, demonstrations in Warsaw, came from Germany. Metropolitan police spokesman refused to give more information.


A few days before the media give out demonstrations that will come to Warsaw and representatives of German anti-fascist organization. KSP spokesman then informed that the police and media reports analyzing the information contained on the web about this, and that is in contact with the police in other countries.

Added Karczyński, all persons who have violated the law, will be questioned by the police. Based on analysis of evidence collected, including records of city monitoring, will be presented to the allegations.

- Police officers have fulfilled their task. There was no interruption of police cordons - Karczyński said. He recalled that the organizers of the demonstration, even before they start declared that the Assembly will be peaceful.

- Yes, unfortunately did not happen. The policemen were attacked repeatedly. In the direction of dangerous objects were thrown, bottles, stones and cobbles. Property was also destroyed -said the capital police spokesman .

Ambulance 29 transported the wounded to hospitals

29 people injured in riots in Warsaw was taken to hospital - ambulance spokesman Mark Niemirski. Police reported that 40 officers were injured.

The injured were taken to hospitals Street. Banach, Solec, Lindley, and clinic Stępińska MIA. - The state of those who went to hospitals, is stable. Suffered injuries as a result of beatings, beats - said Niemirski.

Mariusz Mrozek of the evening, the Metropolitan Police told PAP that the result of clashes were slightly injured 40 officers. - 22 police officers were transported to hospitals. Most of them, after having given aid and examinations left the hospital - said Mrozek. 14 radio cars were damaged.

The march, organized by the Polish Youth and National Radical Camp, started at the Constitution Square at approx. 3Pm . Even then, at the height of st. Koszykowa, there was a tug of participants march from the police cordon that separates them from the participants of the rally left-wing organization that wanted to block the march. Towards the officers flew among others stones. Police used water cannons , batons and tear gas

There was a confrontation with leftist march participants counterdemonstration. Police cordons effectively separated the two groups. Opponents of the "March of Independence" blocked northern exit from the Constitution Square. Meanwhile, nationalist demonstration went south - st. Waryńskiego, Goworka, Spacerowa, Belwederska, Al. Ujazdowskie to Plac na Rozdrożu, where there is a monument to Roman Dmowski.

Some participants of the march were masked, some were emblems of football clubs, as well as Celtic crosses and symbols of Falanga organization. Another part of the same march were families with children carrying white-red flags and a single flag were Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. For a few banners were the names of organizations, including: ONR, Youth, Teen Great Polish, Solidarity, 2010.

When the square of the Constitution began to explode firecrackers, thrown toward the police cordon in full riot gear, police called on participants of the march to behave in accordance with the law, appealed for calm a main organizer of the demonstrations, President of Youth Robert Winnicki. As the situation has not calmed down after hours. 3Pm police announced that from this time a meeting is illegal.

As a result of clashes went to the hospital 21 policemen. 12 officers were injured. Affected life not in danger - reported capital ambulance

At one point stated that the March of Independence was banned. "For a moment the situation was such that we have contacted with a request to the organizer of the march of independence, to fix his congregation because of the situation we had at the Constitution Square, where police were attacked by young people with stones and bottles" - said Ewa Gawor of the security office Capital city hall.

She said that when police asked the organizers to delay a moment. Resolved meeting at the Constitution Square and march - still as a legitimate manifestation - walked through the streets of Warsaw in the direction of Roman Dmowski Monument Square at Crossroads - the destination point. Manifestation of the Constitution was launched with a street plaza Waryńskiego, in a southerly direction. They walked through the streets Goworka, Spacerowa, Belwederska, Al. Ujazdowskie at a Plac na Rozdozu. March proceeded peacefully, not to mention exploding periodically flares and firecrackers. Dmowski was waiting at the monument a few hundred people with flags.

After an hour of 5Pm, when the march participants gathered at the Plac na Rozdrozu , the object of aggression, hundreds of masked participants in demonstrations have become a media-enabled cars event. First group of scarves and balaclava masked young men destroyed the car TVN Meteo, jumping on his roof, and piercing the tires. Repeatedly tried to topple standing next to a car transmission TVN24 him swaying from side to side. Finally, to the accompaniment of the famous stadium of Legia Warsaw chanting slogans insulting the company ITI, the car was set on fire. Polsat also damaged cars and Polish Radio.

Gawor stressed that when it comes to life or health hazards and risks damage to property, commander of the police campaign urges bystanders to leave the place. - In this case, all persons should apply to appeals and calls the police - she said.

Organizers barely begun his speech, the police announced the dissolution of the Assembly and urged the participants to disperse and refrain from breaking the law. Organizers initially maintained that nothing they do not know, ask participants to preserve the peace march, but finally announced that they solve the manifestation.

Most participants in the "March of Independence" obeyed the summons, others - several hundred people - attacked with stones and firecrackers officers who used water cannons and batons. Police also arrived on horseback. In the evening, police reported that in connection with the riots were detained around 200 people are expected to be the next stop.

Ok. at. 6Pm police seized the situation in the at Plac na rozdrozu. Near the monument Dmowski was still several hundred people, but behaved calmly beside sold sausages and hot tea.

In addition to clashes at the beginning and at the end of demonstration proceeded without serious incident. The march was primarily marked by firecrackers exploding every moment. Twice - at the intersection of the street and Chocimska and Goworka Street. Walking - the crowd went out into the news that nearby are anti-fascists. Into a fist fight with a march column ran, then after a few hundred people, but the battles didn't happen.

Over the heads of demonstrators flew a lot of red and white flags, the flags were also isolated in Slovakia, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. Polish flag dozen meters developed at the forefront of demonstrations. For the relatively few banners dominated the names of organizations participating in the march, including: Youth, ONR, Camp Great Polish, cohesive, 2010 Hummingbird Society. Was also relatively large entries referring to the situation of Polish minority in Lithuania, where this year's "March of Independence" was dedicated.

The demonstrators chanted such "National pride", "Down with Brussels", "God, Honor, Country", "Roman Dmowski, Polish Redeemer" and "Lies Michnik put it in the trash", there were also cries of football stadiums known, "White-red color invincible" "Poland, white and red". The crowd also sang a few times the national anthem, also chanted "Rota" and "We, the First Brigade."

The situation in Warsaw and activities to keep you informed police he was Prime Minister Donald Tusk - the government spokesman Pawel Gras. "It will definitely be the recommendation of the Prime Minister to punish ruthlessly seized, regardless of nationality or political sympathies, or nationality. All those who committed the violations today, must reckon with the fact that they will be severely punished," - said Gras in TVN24. On the plus the police he wrote that was not committed to opposing demonstrations met.

Conversation with colleagues about the possibility for changes in the law concerning the safety of public meetings held President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Said Justice Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, talked about Friday's events already with Attorney General and head of the Ministry. "The Warsaw judges on special duty hours waiting for the very first hooligan" - wrote on Twitter.

Head of Youth Robert Winnicki stated that the riots in the streets of Warsaw is the result of provocation of people who wanted to march slander. He remarked, "does not feel responsible for the provocation which the columns were not affected."

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