On Wednesday the Mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, banned nationalists from marching through the city on Sunday due to security fears. On Thursday, a court overturned the ban, meaning the controversial march could go ahead.

The far right rally had been planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the Poland’s independence. Political leaders are organising a more inclusive event instead, but the latest ruling has lead to confusion.

In recent months, far right groups have organised protests and rallies in several European countries, and a ban does not mean this group will abandon their plan. If you are in Warsaw or elsewhere in Poland over the weekend, avoid crowds and situations that feel like they could become volatile. Keep your phone charged and keep an eye on the news too.

Travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Large marches are planned in Polish cities, particularly in Warsaw, on Sunday 11 November 2018 to celebrate the centenary of Poland’s independence. The marches could affect transport and access to city centres. You should exercise caution in the vicinity of any marches or demonstrations and follow the instructions of police at all times.

Many shops, businesses, museums and public offices in Poland will be closed on Monday 12 November 2018 for a public holiday.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland

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