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Polish gov't pressured to act following report on neo-Nazis

Published:Tuesday | January 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
In this Saturday, April 29, 2017 file photo, members of a far-right group, the National-Radical Camp, march in Warsaw.

Gov't pressured to act following report on neo-Nazis


Poland's right-wing government faced pressure yesterday to act forcefully against far-right extremists following an exposÈ of Polish neo-Nazis who celebrated Adolf Hitler, burning a swastika and dressing in Nazi German uniforms.

Private news channel TVN24 broadcast hidden-camera footage Saturday of neo-Nazis celebrating what would have been Hitler's 128th birthday in a wooded area in southwestern Poland last spring. The participants chanted "Sieg Heil" and praised Hitler as they burnt a large swastika.

The report revealed that the same neo-Nazi group, Pride and Modernity, was behind a November protest where pictures of centrist European Parliament lawmakers from Poland were hung on mock gallows in the city of Katowice. The far-right participants at that protest called the lawmakers traitors to Poland for having voted against the Polish government in a resolution in the European Parliament over alleged rule-of-law violations and the government's response to an Independence Day march organised by far-right nationalists.