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New Nationalist Organization Planned
November 29, 2012   
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Two nationalist groups announced plans to launch a new organization that aims to build “Polish national strength” during a march they staged in Warsaw on Independence Day.

The new organization, called the National Movement, would be fathered by the National-Radical Camp (ONR) and All-Poland Youth (MW). The groups went public with their plan Nov. 11.

ONR leader Przemysław Holocher, seconded by the MW’s Robert Winnicki, said the new organization would address a “need to form a broad social movement” bringing together right-wingers.

The National Movement plans to set up paramilitary units including an Independence March Guard designed to protect marches organized by rightist groups. The plan has raised widespread concerns, especially among left-wing organizations.

According to Jakub Wróblewski from the Anarchist Federation, the nationalists already resemble a paramilitary organization. “They train and know how to fight, and they have already staged fights and attacks,” Wróblewski said. He added that the nationalists organize training camps where they learn self-defense techniques and how to handle firearms.

The MW’s Winnicki retorted, “Poland does not have an army; the Polish army has been destroyed (…). Sports and paramilitary organizations may fill this gap to some extent. Poland is now defenseless and that is a mortal danger.”

Artur Zawisza, a former deputy with the Law and Justice (PiS) party and one of the founders of the National Movement, said that the Movement is a network of social initiatives for national sovereignty and identity. He added that its founders want to attract a large group of supporters “who care about Poland.”

The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Poland’s largest leftist party, said it would launch an attempt to have the ONR and MW banned because these organizations pose a threat to the country.

Paweł Olszewski, a deputy from the ruling Civic Platform (PO) party, said that, in their plan to set up the National Movement, the ONR and MW are “inspired by nationalism and indirectly by fascist tendencies.” Olszewski added that prosecutors should examine carefully whether these groups should be banned.

Winnicki countered that “motions to ban the All-Poland Youth have already been filed several times.” He added it was ironic that such an initiative is being made by the SLD, “the successor of the communist party.” Winnicki also said that the All-Poland Youth would be even more determined in its activities should it be banned.
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