Court lifts ban on Warsaw Independence March

Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

On Thursday evening, Warsaw’s court lifted the ban on the Independence March imposed by the Warsaw mayor.

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz decided to prohibit the Independence March organised by nationalist circles on Wednesday.

However, after an appeal, the decision was reversed on Thursday.

In the meantime, before the court reached its verdict, the government announced it would organise an alternative march for the official centenary of independence celebrations under the auspices of President Andrzej Duda.

It is to take place on the same route, and at the same time, as the Independence March. This leads to uncertainty over the character of Sunday’s celebrations.

On the one hand, the government stands firmly on the position that given that the President's march “is organised as the official state ceremony, no other marches can share their routes with it.”

On other hand, organisers of the Independence March, for now, maintain their stance that “after the court’s ruling we have the full right to march according to the previously set route.”

Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński said in the wake of the decision: “I call on the Independence March organisers to participate in the official state march.”

Referring to the risk of racist or nationalist banners appearing on the state march, president’s aide Andrzej Dera emphasised that “flags should be solely white-and-red, no organisations should show their banners there.”