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Poland: Scores both celebrate and protest Holocaust-related bill in Warsaw02:32

Poland: Scores both celebrate and protest Holocaust-related bill in Warsaw

Poland, Warsaw
February 5, 2018 at 21:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of nationalists protested in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Monday, calling on the president to sign a Holocaust-related bill. They were met by a counter-demonstration in the Polish capital with the two sides being kept apart by police. A supporter of the bill who joined the demonstrators was Robert Winnicki, a member of parliament and leader of 'National Movement.' He said: "we are dealing with an international, global campaign of defamation and Poland has to be armed with tools to fight this Israeli aggression," citing Israel's vocal opposition to the bill.The bill, which has also been condemned by the US, was passed by Poland's Senate on Thursday. It sets fines or a maximum of three-year imprisonment for anyone who publicly states that the Polish nation shares responsibility for Third Reich crimes.The US has said the bill is an assault on free speech, and Israel has said it considers the move an attempt to rewrite history.According to Polish President Andrzej Duda, the bill is supposed "to defend historical truth." It now requires the president's signature before it becomes law.

Poland: Scores both celebrate and protest Holocaust-related bill in Warsaw02:32
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Dozens of nationalists protested in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Monday, calling on the president to sign a Holocaust-related bill. They were met by a counter-demonstration in the Polish capital with the two sides being kept apart by police. A supporter of the bill who joined the demonstrators was Robert Winnicki, a member of parliament and leader of 'National Movement.' He said: "we are dealing with an international, global campaign of defamation and Poland has to be armed with tools to fight this Israeli aggression," citing Israel's vocal opposition to the bill.The bill, which has also been condemned by the US, was passed by Poland's Senate on Thursday. It sets fines or a maximum of three-year imprisonment for anyone who publicly states that the Polish nation shares responsibility for Third Reich crimes.The US has said the bill is an assault on free speech, and Israel has said it considers the move an attempt to rewrite history.According to Polish President Andrzej Duda, the bill is supposed "to defend historical truth." It now requires the president's signature before it becomes law.

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