On November 11, local time, the "Independence Day" parade in the Polish capital Warsaw caused a large-scale riot. Far-right militants attacked the police, resulting in more than 11 people injured in the riot and about 30 people were arrested. As a neighboring country of Ukraine, this scene will inevitably make people worry about whether Poland will become the next European country torn apart.
Unlike Ukraine, Polish far-rights are not only a reflection of traditional anti-Russian sentiments, but also the consequences of economic inequality within the EU. One step west of Poland is Germany, the core of the European Union; further west, Belgium and France are already in the quagmire of unemployment and youth riots. Do Western Europeans feel a little uneasy when they see Ukraine?
In front of the Polish National Stadium, activists threw fireworks and other burning objects
Independence Day riots in Poland for 4 consecutive years
On November 2014, 11 local time, the people of Warsaw, Poland held a large-scale parade to commemorate National Independence Day and the end of World War I. However, the parade eventually triggered riots. Some rioters, hooligans and demonstrators clashed fiercely with the police and threw flares at the police. The police also used high-pressure water cannons to fight back, causing chaos on the scene.
A police spokesperson said that a large group of militants attacked the police on the day of the "Independence Day" parade. The riots caused 32 injuries, including 12 police officers.
According to the report, some masked young people with aggressive behavior mixed among the assembly crowd and threw firecrackers, smoking pipes, stones and Molotov cocktails at the police. To disperse the rioting crowd, the police used tear gas and rubber bullets, and arrested about 200 ethnic radicals.
Every November 11th, Independence Day, some Warsaw nationalists will hold a parade. This is the fourth consecutive year that large-scale riots broke out during the Independence Day parade.
This also reflects the deepening of the gap between the mainstream groups in Polish politics and society and the right-wing conservative groups, while the extreme right forces continue to grow with the help of social divisions, which has increasingly become a hidden danger to Poland's stability and prosperity.
As early as 2012, Poland was shocked by a terrorist attack on the parliament, president, and prime minister by right-wing extremists. The suspect is a university researcher who practices extreme nationalism and excludes immigrants. He believes that Polish society and politics are developing in the wrong direction, and that the politicians are "outsiders", not the "pure" Poles he recognizes. Therefore, he planned to take a car containing 11 tons of explosives on the Independence Day parade on November 11. Stopped near the parliament building and detonated the bomb when the president, prime minister, cabinet ministers, and members of parliament gathered. Fortunately, he was defeated by the police early.
EU shocks drain young Polish people
Like neighboring Ukraine, Poland, as a post-socialist country, is also full of hatred of Russia under the influence of historical grievances and Western European ideology.
There is a famous saying in Poland: "If Germany invades Poland, then Poland will lose territory; if Russia invades Poland, Poland will lose its soul."
However, the current situation is changing, and it is the European Union that really lost Poland.
On May 2014, 5, the 1th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union. Although Poland’s economy has grown at a nearly double-digit rate for a long time and is regarded as a star in Eastern Europe, EU funding has not been able to fill the huge economic gap between Poland and its western neighbor, Germany. According to data from the Central Statistics Office, the average salary and benefits in Poland are about 10 euros per hour, which is much lower than Germany's 10.4 euros. Despite 42.6 consecutive years of economic growth, Poland still owns 20 of the 20 poorest regions in Europe, with an unemployment rate of 5%. Among those with jobs, more than 13.5 million people earn less than 100 zlotys (about 5 yuan) per hour.
After Poland joins the European Union, Poles can freely travel to and from other EU countries and choose to work there. According to statistics from the Bureau of Statistics, in the past 10 years, at least 250 million young people chose to leave and only 30 returned to Poland. In 2013, about 50 people left Poland, which was the most populous year after Poland joined the European Union.
In this context, some Poles feel that Poland’s traditional culture and national identity have been impacted, and a number of ultra-right groups with the purpose of "resisting immigrants" and "opposing pan-Europeanism" are growing.
In recent years, violent activities launched by extreme right groups against minorities such as Jews, Gypsies, and Muslims in the territory have increased by 30% every year. Every year on Poland's Independence Day, extreme rightists will hold large-scale demonstrations and rallies, and cause many violent riots. For this purpose, the President of Poland signed an amendment to the law on demonstrations, imposing many restrictions on demonstrations.