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Those marching chanted "God, honour, country" and "Glory to our heroes", while a few people also shouted xenophobic phrases like "pure Poland, white Poland" and "refugees get out".

"We are proud that so many Poles have chose to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday", he said. This time the traditional torchlight procession of nationalists in Warsaw only has, according to police estimates, at least 100 thousand people.

While numerous marchers carried the national white-and-red flag, some displayed banners depicting a falanga, a far-right symbol dating to the 1930s. The words were taken from an old Polish religious song that US President Donald Trump quoted from during a visit to Warsaw earlier this year.

Several rallies have taken place in Poland in the last couple years, in which hundreds of thousands of people had participated, majority criticizing the European Union's and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's unpopular decision to de-facto open the continents borders to millions of asylum seekers and, by effect, illegal immigrants.

Independence day is taken seriously in Poland, which was wiped off the map for over 120 years prior to 1918.

They were campaigning for a "white Europe", as well as spreading messages about "standing against liberals" and "defending Christian values".

Far-right leaders from other European countries also took part: among them were Tommy Robinson from Britain and Roberto Fiore from Italy.

Poland's interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak called the event a "beautiful sight".

The two groups were kept separate by police. Despite the common slogan "We want God", the protesters set up quite aggressively.

And to this day, Poland has refused to take in immigrants.Commenting on the situation, Polish politician Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz had said that, "Poland will never close its doors to orphans, but let the young men fight for the freedom of their countries".

"For me it's important to support the anti-fascist coalition, and to support fellow democrats, who are under pressure in Poland today", he said.

Speaking at the capital's Piłsudski square, President Andrzej Duda said the spot was of symbolic importance.

'Independence Day has always been and will continue to be a celebration of all Poles and not just one party, ' Mr Tusk said. For months, Warsaw and the EU have been in a tense standoff over changes to Poland's court system that the European Commission says are undermining the rule of law.

Poland was the only European Union country to vote against Mr Tusk's reelection as European Union president in March.


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