THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 17th November 2017


Fascists on the march in Poland

TENS OF THOUSANDS of Polish neo-Nazis marched through Warsaw to call for a “White Europe”, “Christian values” and a “Pure Poland” on a demonstration held to mark Poland’s national independence day last weekend. Some 60,000 hate-filled demonstrators, including well-known foreign racists such as former English Defence League (EDL) leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who calls himself “Tommy Robinson”, chanted the usual anti-Semitic and anti-communist slogans when they clashed with anti-fascists on the street of the Polish capital on Saturday.

Though the protest was supported by the usual bunch of skinheads, football hooligans and neo-Nazi thugs, it also attracted considerable numbers from Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

The national TV network, TVP, which reflects the reactionary government’s thinking, called it a “great march of patriots”, and in its broadcasts described the event as one that drew mostly ordinary Poles expressing their love of Poland, not extremists.

“It was a beautiful sight,” drooled the Interior Minister, Mariusz B?aszczak. “We are proud that so many Poles have decided to take part in a celebration connected to the Independence Day holiday.”

But Polish president Andrzej Duda condemned the hate-filled marchers whose anger was directed at refugees, Muslims and Jews in Poland. Duda, who is a marginally more liberal member of the governing PiS, said there is “no place in Poland” for racism and “sick nationalism.” Duda said that Poland “must remain a land open to all who want to come together and work for the good of the nation,” and it made no difference if your father was “German, Jewish, Belarusian, Russian or whatever.”

The biggest neo-Nazi movements in Europe are currently in Poland and Ukraine, where their gunmen actually prop-up the imperialist-backed Kiev regime. But the Zionists and human rights gang, who have plenty to say about so-called Russian support for far-right movements in Britain and alleged anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, are saying very little when it comes to Poland.

Poland, of course, is a key player in Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism’s strategy to encircle and threaten Russia and Belarus — a Russian ally that stands in the way of greater NATO expansion.

The country may be a paradise for the land-owners, capitalists and petty exploiters — but it is hell on earth for the workers. The Polish government claims that its capitalist economy is growing with a 4.8 per cent unemployment rate that is below the European Union (EU) average. But that’s because they have exported their unemployed to Britain and the rest of the EU. Nearly a million Polish workers have come to Britain in recent years according to official figures, whilst unofficial sources believe you could double the number.

The ruling party and the other reactionary parties in the Polish parliament can count on the support of the Catholic church, which itself is a major landowner in the country. What they fear is a resurgent socialist and communist movement, and that’s why they’ve launched a campaign to destroy all the remaining monuments to People’s Poland and the Soviet forces that drove the Nazis out of their land during the Second World War.

Poland’s communists have all but been driven underground by repressive laws that ban symbols of communism or emblems from the old people’s government that was overthrown in 1989. We must stand by the Polish anti-fascists and our Polish comrades who are campaigning at home and amongst the Polish community in Britain against racism, fascism and anti-Semitism.