Clashes on Independence Day in Warsaw

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Some 215 people were detained after clashes with police that took part during the annual Independence March on November 11. The violence was started by groups of people who split from the march itself.

Independence Day celebrations have been marred by violence also in previous years, with an especially tumultuous situation in 2013, when the firecrackers were thrown at the Russian Embassy and the “Rainbow” artistic installation was burnt. This year’s march avoided those places.

November 11 is the anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions.

Earlier on Tuesday, official celebrations with the president took place. An Independence Run was also organized in the capital.

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