More than 50,000 Polish nationalists paraded on the streets of Warsaw for this year's Independence March on Monday.
Tens of thousands of people, waving Polish flags, were young and old, of all walks of life, with whole families took to the streets.
The people participating in the march branded themselves as patriots (the word which in Poland still has positive overtones) paying tribute to the fallen heroes.
Tens of thousands of #Poles from #Warsaw and across the country participate in the #IndependenceMarch that takes place on the streets of the #Polish capital city on the Nation’s #IndependenceDay.#Poland #independence— Poland In (@Polandin_com) November 11, 2019
Thousands sang "Take care of the whole nation," which are lyrics from a Polish Catholic song, asking the Virgin Mary to defend the country.
Others waved patriotic flags and chanted "No to the European Union" and "God, honor, homeland!"
United; that's what Poles were today, united in patriotism, mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, the old, the young, together celebrating our #IndependenceDay #ŚwiętoNiepodległości— Marcin Czapliński (@czaplinskiii) November 12, 2019
Long live Poland!
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To the western media, these are Nazis, racists, anti-semites, and islamophobes. An abomination for the European Union.
About 50,000 people attended the annual march said local government officials, but the Independence March Association said the figures were likely 150,000.
The march began on Monday afternoon in central Warsaw with lead organizer Robert Bakiewicz telling attendees that "We have to return to our roots. Our world has abandoned God and Christianity. We will die as the nations of western Europe are dying."
Poland shifted towards nationalism when Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015.
PiS has asked citizens to abandon Western liberalism for patriotism and Roman Catholic values.
Attendees lit flares and marched through the streets chanting more slogans: "Not Islamic or secular, but Catholic Poland," "No to abortion," and "Great Poland is our goal."
A thirty-eight million nation in the heart of Europe (i.e., with a population approximately the size of Spain's) has been revolting against the EU establishment and its view of European unity based on cultural and religious indifference and anti-nationalism.
Polish President Andrzej Duda asked citizens to unite under "one common homeland, beyond all divisions," but acknowledged that "different ideologies and beliefs" are permitted in Poland.
While millions of radical Muslim refugees have poured into France, Germany, Sweden, UK, Italy, and Spain, creating social-economic chaos on the streets of those countries, Poles are attempting to revive their nation through patriotism and traditional Catholic values.