Over 1,000 Poles Rally in Warsaw Against EU Refugee Plan

Over 1,000 Poles Rally in Warsaw Against EU Refugee Plan

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Around 1,500 Polish protesters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to rally against the European Union’s plan to receive refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The protesters were chanting “We will defend our homeland. We won’t let immigrants in,” the state-owned Polish Radio said.

The rally, organized by the right-wing National Movement, was countered by another neighboring demonstration of several dozen people from left-wing and anarchist groups, who were protesting against racial and religious hatred.

The Warsaw rally against mass migration is part of a wave of civil actions in Europe held on Saturday in over a dozen EU cities, including Dresden, Prague, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and Birmingham.

As part of the EU refugee resettlement plan, last year, Poland’s previous government agreed to Brussels’ proposal to take in 7,000 refugees fleeing war and poverty in their home countries over two years.

In mid-January, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo stated that no more than 400 refugees would be relocated to the country in 2016.

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