Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) MEP Dominik Tarczyński published a video on social media to show that there were no fascists attending the Independence March that took place in Warsaw over the weekend.
The video was in response to remarks made by Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt who, following the Independence March in 2017 said, that “60,000 fascists marched in the streets of Warsaw, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”
Tarczyński stressed in the video that the march is a way of showing Polish pride and is attended by young people and married couples with small children, among others. “Do not call us fascists because it was us, who fought both communism and fascism,” added Tarczyński.
“Many circles, especially on the left in Poland and Europe do not like the Independence Day celebrations in our country. Of course, we are being called fascist, Bolshevik, depending on who is speaking those words. I am glad that I could attend the Independence March today and answer Verhofstadt’s disgraceful words. There are no fascists at the Independence March. The march proved once again that it is one of the largest patriotic gatherings in Europe, if not the world. It is accompanied by a wonderful atmosphere,” said Tarczyński.
@dominik.tarczynski Long live Poland 🇵🇱 Niech żyje Polska 🇵🇱 #poland #polska #polish #march #tarczynski #independenceday #dlaciebie #fyp ♬ original sound – Dominik Tarczyński
He also recalled great Poles and invited the viewers to come to Poland to see that it is a safe country.
The video was published on TikTok in English with Polish subtitles and quickly became popular. Tarczyński revealed that 150,000 people had watched it in just one hour after it was posted. He added that videos in foreign languages is a way to show the true image of Poland abroad.
This year’s Independence March was peaceful and without any serious incidents. According to organizers, 100,000 people attended the event.