In recent years we’ve posted several reports on Poland’s Independence March, which takes place every year in Warsaw on November 11. This year Polish leftists have had some success in suppressing the plans for the march, with the help of social media.
Our Polish correspondent Green Infidel sends this report:
Next month, on November 11, Poland celebrates its Independence Day, remembering the occasion when in 1918 it regained its independence in the aftermath of the First World War. In honour of this occasion, in recent years a march has taken place — the “Independence March”, organised by the National-Radical Camp and the All-Polish Youth, two organisations generally considered “far-right”. As a result, many such marches have in the past resulted in clashes with far-leftists, and with police. In 2011, the far-left organised a blockade of the march and invited members of “Antifa” in Germany to join them. As a result of the publicity ahead of the march, it was much bigger than in previous years, gathering around 30,000 people. Since then, its size has grown and last year was estimated to have been attended by 70,000-100,000 people.
I attended the march in 2011-2013, and always found it to be peaceful, and also free from any obviously hateful slogans. However the mainstream media usually focused on a small number of incidents, mostly involving a few violent protesters chucking rocks while wearing balaclavas. (on some occasions, they were observed to have been in distinct organised groups, leading to accusations that they were provocateurs hired by an outside organisation to deliberately create trouble)
In the run-up to the annual Independence March, the organisers endeavour to send the message out to their followers, especially on Facebook. This year however, in the aftermath of the EU’s efforts to make Facebook clamp down on “hate speech”, the clampdown has especially affected pages associated with the Independence March. The page of the Independence March itself was removed a few months ago — meaning that around 260,000 people who “liked” the page could no longer receive information about the march, which this year is to take place under the slogan “Poland the bastion of Europe”, and is focused on Poland’s resistance to mass immigration.
I previously had “liked” the page, and found it to be mostly a source of information about where/when the march would take place, and it does not seem obvious how the page might have broken Facebook’s community standards. Other pages belonging to the all-Polish Youth, the National-Radical camp have also been removed, most likely as the result of such pages being reported to Facebook.
Yesterday, the “Centre for monitoring racist and xenophobic behaviour” (translation from Polish) — an organisation which describes itself as an NGO in Warsaw — posted an update which sheds some light on their efforts to censor information on this year’s Independence March:
The Facebook pages of the Independence March, All-Polish Youth, National-Radical Camp and the National Movement have all disappeared. The profiles of their activists have also been blocked. This loss hurts, because nationalists used the service to collect money for the Independence March, which will take place in Warsaw on 11 November.
We will let you in on a secret. In the coming days, we will hit 50 more right-wing pages.
Good night white pride 🙂
The highest-rated comment, summing up the efforts of the page was: “Stalin would be proud of the continuation of his communist traditions of censorship” — and indeed, it seems that this tradition continues not just in Western European countries, where political correctness has become endemic, but also in Eastern Europe where, up until now, there has been a far greater freedom of speech regarding the issue of immigration and multiculturalism.
Some organisations, however, seem determined to clamp down on such freedoms and disrupt the debate, also in Eastern Europe.
A separate demonstration against Facebook’s censorship is also planned for 5 November, outside Facebook’s offices in Warsaw.