Poles celebrate 105 years of independence. Thousands of people took to the streets to remember one of the most important dates of their country | iRADIO

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Thousands of people in the Polish capital came to the traditional Independence Day march on Saturday. The march started in the afternoon in the city center and headed towards the National Stadium. Many participants held red and white flags, others lit flares. Although there is still no official information on participation, the organizers are talking about “the biggest patriotic gathering in Europe”, the DPA agency reported on Saturday.



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Warsaw
18:09 November 11, 2023

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People light flares during a march to mark the 105th anniversary of Polish independence in Warsaw | Photo: Kacper Pempel | Source: Reuters

At the Polish Palace of Culture and Science, the concentration of Polish red-white flags was probably the largest. An independence parade came out of there, attended by thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people. Sometimes the celebratory sounds of cannons rang out in the square.

At the time of 11.11 – a symbolic time according to the date – Warsaw’s run for independence began in several stages.

In addition to the run and the march, there were also other events. For example, various institutions such as the Ministry of Culture or the University of Warsaw opened, which organized, for example, dance workshops or concerts on their campuses. Various museums also beckoned for special events on Independence Day.


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Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Poland is commemorating one of the most important days in its history on Saturday. It gained independence 105 years ago, and since then, according to him, Poles have something to be proud of. Until then, Poland had been divided between the surrounding powers for 123 years, and November 11 is the day to reflect on it and to celebrate living in an independent, free and safe country.

Independence Day commemorates the event of November 11, 1918, when the founder of the modern Polish state, Józef Pilsudski, returned from prison in Magdeburg to Warsaw and took over the supreme command of the Polish troops.

Thus, Poland gained independence after the First World War, before that its territory was divided between Prussia, Austria-Hungary and Russia.

Kateřina Havlíková, spring, CTK

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