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Polish president denounces antisemitism at nationalist rally as ‘treason’

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks during a news conference following his meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, October 19, 2021. (Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)
Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks during a news conference following his meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, October 19, 2021. (Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)

Polish President Andrzej Duda denounces displays of antisemitism at a nationalist rally on Poland’s Independence Day that included chants of “Death to Jews” and the burning of a text on Jewish rights.

“The barbarism carried out by a group of hooligans in Kalisz is contrary to the values on which the Republic of Poland is based,” he writes on his Twitter account.

Noting the current crisis on Poland’s border with Belarus, Duda adds that it’s “even an act of treason.”

Nationalist rally-goers burn a book representing a historic pact protecting the rights of Poland’s Jews in Kalisz, Poland, Nov. 11, 2021. (Screenshot from Karolina Pawliczak/Twitter)

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