Anti-racist demonstration in Poland


This video about Poland is called Legacy of Jedwabne.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Bialystok‘s walking anti-racism protest

Monday 05 September 2011

Hundreds of people participated in a “march of unity” in the Polish city of Bialystok on Sunday to express their opposition to a spate of racist and anti-Semitic attacks in the area.

Participants in the rally, which was organised by MPs from the governing centre-right Civic Platform party, walked in silence from the city centre to a monument of Ludwik Zamenhof, a Jewish doctor born in Bialystok who invented the Esperanto language.

The protesters gathered signatures under a manifesto calling for an end to a “wave of thoughtless hatred.”

A small counter-demonstration was staged by skinheads chanting neonazi slogans.

Last Wednesday, vandals desecrated a monument to hundreds of Jewish people who were burned alive by their Polish neighbours in Jedwabne village during World War II.

Other recent anti-Semitic or racist attacks in Poland have targeted a synagogue in the village of Orla, a Muslim centre in Bialystok and the Lithuanian minority in the Punsk region.

October 2011 election results in Poland: here.

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