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Poland police forcibly remove anti-nationalist protesters

Associated Press logo Associated Press 29/04/2017
Polish police use force to remove anti-nationalist protesters who are trying to block the march of a nationalist organization the National-Radical Camp whose members we marching through downtown Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to mark 83 years of their organization. The protesters were not given permission to hold their action, prompting police action. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) © The Associated Press Polish police use force to remove anti-nationalist protesters who are trying to block the march of a nationalist organization the National-Radical Camp whose members we marching through downtown Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, April 29, 2017, to mark 83 years of their organization. The protesters were not given permission to hold their action, prompting police action. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland — Police in Poland used force Saturday to remove a few dozen protesters who tried to block a march in downtown Warsaw by a nationalist organization celebrating its anniversary.

The protesters chanted "Poland, free from fascism!" and sat down in the street as they waited for marchers from the National-Radical Camp to arrive.

The group, supported by Poland's nationalist government, was celebrating 83 years since its foundation. A few hundred members marched with white-and-red flags, chanting anti-migrant slogans.

Police detained and handcuffed some in the group protesting the march, since they had not obtained authorization for it. The new law regulating public gatherings was introduced by the conservative ruling Law and Justice party. Police also used force on journalists reporting about the event, pushing and even kicking them.

The nationalists' march was directed down a different route in the Polish capital to avoid clashes with their opponents.

Every march now must be authorized or face sanctions.

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