Every year, the Independence March in Warsaw gathers thousands of people. Since 2011, this form of celebration has been organized by the Association Independence march. This year’s march through the center of the capital was supposed to be different because of pandemic. However, once again there were clashes with the police, property damage and hooliganism. As in previous years, there was no lack of aggression from the demonstrators as well the police. Some journalists have been attacked and injured by the police. One of the photojournalists was injured as a result of police actions. There was a use of gas and smoothbore weapons by officers.
Independence March with little support
IN poll for “Rzeczpospolita” conducted six days after this year’s celebration, 800 people took part. Only 21.1 percent. of respondents agree to the organization of the Independence March in the coming years. However, one fifth of people believe that the March could continue if it changed the organizer. 19.6 percent of respondents did not have an opinion on this matter. On the other hand, nearly 39.3 percent of the respondents are against the further organization of the March.
According to the results of the research, it was found that women and people with higher education are more often opponents of the Independence March. 48 percent of respondents in cities with more than 200,000 residents want to end the organization of the March.
The study was conducted by the research agency SW Research among users of the SW Panel on-line panel on November 17-18, 2020. The analysis covered a group of 800 Internet users over 18 years of age. The sample was selected in a random amount. The structure of the sample was corrected using an analytical weight so that it corresponds to the structure of Poles over 18 in terms of key characteristics related to the subject of the study. When constructing the weight, socio-demographic variables were taken into account.
The legalization of the March
Left and Poland 2050 announced submitting an application for rebranding “Independence March for the football fans’ march”. According to politicians from these groups, Robert Bąkiewicz should be held criminally responsible for what happened in the center of Warsaw on November 11.