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Warsaw counts costs after Independence Day clashes

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John Beauchamp 12.11.2013 14:18
Warsaw City Hall has announced that damages related to Monday’s nationalist march in the capital are estimated to cost 120,000 zloty (around 30,000 euro).

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The smoldering remains of Julita Wojcik’s ‘Rainbow’ installation on Plac Zbawiciela, Warsaw 11.11.13 Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

On Tuesday, Warsaw president Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz announced that the city would claim costs from the march’s organisers.

Speaking to journalists, Gronkiewicz-Waltz also noted that CCTV footage showed hooligans, who had earlier detached themselves from the march, were able to return later and be accepted by the organiser.

Ewa Gawor, director of Security and Crisis Management at Warsaw’s City Hall, indicated that the march organiser – the “March of Independence” Association – declared that the meeting was peaceful, and as such may be held responsibile for Monday’s incidents.

Police arrested a total of 72 people in Warsaw on Monday, with a dozen arrests at the beginning of the nationalist march after flares, bottles and stones were thrown at officers.

Artist Julita Wojcik’s ‘Rainbow’ installation on plac Zbawiciela – widely associated with tolerance towards homosexuals – was also set on fire after recently being restored.

Gawor added that the burning of the rainbow is considered to be the greatest damage, with restoration costs in the region of 70,000 zloty. (ip/jb)

Source: IAR

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