22 police hurt, 176 arrested in march in Poland

Right-wing protesters threw stones and metal objects at police in Warsaw, leaving 3 officers hospitalized


Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — Polish police say that 22 officers were injured in clashes with right-wing protesters marching on Independence Day, and that three remain hospitalized a day later.

Police also said Monday that they made a total of 176 arrests linked to the disturbances that broke out Sunday evening when right-wing protesters threw stones and metal objects at police in Warsaw. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Police secure the area during clashes at the March of Independence to mark Poland's Independence Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday. (AP Image)
Police secure the area during clashes at the March of Independence to mark Poland's Independence Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday. (AP Image)

It is the second year in a row that Independence Day celebrations in the capital have been marred by violence on the sidelines.

The holiday celebrates Poland regaining its sovereignty at the end of World War I after more than 120 years of imposed foreign rule.

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