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800 anarchists march against nationalism in Poland

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On Saturday, April 8, a demonstration “Nationalism shall not pass” was organized by an anarchist collective Rozbrat[1], in Poznan. The protest was organized as an opposition to the growing wave of hatred, xenophobia, racism and homophobia. The goal was to show this wave as a result of the exploitation of the capitalism. The demonstration was supported by various groups and organizations, such as foreigners living in Poznan, feminist and LGBTQIA + organizations, the academic community and people of culture.  The demonstration started in the city center, next to the one of the shopping centers where the racist attack on a Polish citizen of Syrian origin had taken place a few months ago. After reading off the statements “Nationalism shall not pass” and “Students and academics of Adam Mickiewicz University against nationalism and racism”, the demonstration was attacked by a few nationalists. The attack was quickly repelled by immediate protestors’ reaction. Antifascists ran after the aggressors but police blocked the way of antifascists and blocked the entrance to the shopping center where the aggressors hid and prevented the chase and indeed protected the nationalists. Police did not go after the nationalists but they prevented the chase by the antifascists and tried to catch them not the aggressors. As it turned out later, one of the aggressors was the owner of “patriotic” shop “National” (“Narodowy”) in Poznan. He is well known for his collaboration with nationalist and fascist organizations such as All-Poland Youth (Młodzież Wszechpolska) and National Dawn (Narodowy Świt). One of the aggressors left by his friends had his fucking ass kicked all over. After calming the situation, the march moved on.