Neo-Nazis Burn & Destroy Rainbow Arch Monument In Poland
The modern iconic Rainbow "Diversity" Arch in Warsaw, Poland has been destroyed. The installation, which was moved from its original location in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, was torched by anti-gay neo-nazi extremist groups earlier this week.
Warsaw's main boulevard, Marszalkowska, and neighbouring areas turned into a war zone on the Independence Day March on November 11. Row after row of mostly male youth marched along the boulevard spilling into sidewalks and side streets.They carried flags with Celtic crosses and white power fists, chanted slogans with visceral force and filled the centre of the city with fire-cracker smoke. The parade, with the number of protesters set at around 15,000, was organised by two of the most prominent far-right organisations in the country, the All-Polish Youth and the National-Radical Camp.
Few passers-by dared to stick around and watch the spectacle.
Within one hour of the start of the demonstration, participants had attacked two squats in the centre of Warsaw (Syrena and Przychodnia) and burnt down a rainbow installation in Plac Zbawicela, an artistic installation standing for diversity. After about two hours of marching and attacking the Russian embassy, the Polish police asked that the permit for the march be cancelled.
All-Polish Youth, one of the neo-nazi groups responsible for the vandalism, is recognized by Amnesty International as an anti-gay hate group.