Freedom is always in hearts of Poles: PM

Outnumbered November Uprising insurgents faced Russian troops because freedom is always in the hearts of Poles, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during the celebrations of the 189th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising at the cemetery in Kopna Góra, north-central Poland.

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Stressing that the Polish nation has always overcome even the most severe hardships, and loves truth and freedom, Mr Morawiecki pointed out that the November Uprising should be “a warning against mistakes”.

"Not only the earlier errors that led to the partitions, but also against political and military errors, against procrastination and the lack of faith of some leaders,'' he said.

“We all owe them honour and memory. The fact that the Polish nation remembers its heroes is a vital part of our present-day independence and sovereignty,” PM Morawiecki said.

The ceremony was attended by, among others representatives of state authorities, including the Minister of Education Dariusz Piontkowski, parliamentarians, local government officials, veterans, uniformed services and scouts.

The November Uprising began on the evening of November 29, 1830, when a group of conspirators from the Infantry Officer School headed by Piotr Wysocki tried to kill the Grand Duke Konstanty, Tsar Nicholas I's brother, in the Belvedere. The attempt failed, but the residents of the capital rose up against the Tsar's governor.

Around 54,000 insurgents fought against the 115,000 strong Russian army for over a year. The uprising turned out to be a disaster. After the failure of the uprising, its participants were repressed and the autonomy of the Kingdom of Poland was drastically reduced.