Official Independence Day march
The Polish government will hold an official Independence Day march in Warsaw on November 11, President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki agreed after talks on the matter on Wednesday afternoon.
The meeting between the President and Prime Minister was called in the wake of Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz's earlier ban on a November 11-planned independence march by the National-Radical Camp (ONR) organisation.
After the talks, Andrzej Duda's spokesperson Błażej Spychalski said the President and Mateusz Morawiecki agreed to hold an official Independence Day march on November 11, to have the status of a state ceremony. He added that Andrzej Duda agreed to take the march under his official patronage and observed that as it will be a state event the law will forbid any other processions along the same route.
Asked if the official march would not be seen as a rival event to the banned ONR procession, whose organisers have said will take place despite the ban, minister Spychalski said all Poles were welcome to join the official event regardless of their political affiliations. (PAP, MK)