Independence March sets off in Warsaw

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An Independence March marking Poland's Independence Day (Nov. 11) and the 103rd anniversary of the country's restoration to statehood, set off at 1 pm on Thursday from the centre of Warsaw.

The marchers will pass through the city's central Jerozolimskie Avenue, and proceed across the Vistula river to close the march at the National Stadium.

The march is organised by nationalist groups, but this year will take place under state patronage in order to enable its passage after a court ruling disallowed its to-date format as a cyclic event.

Warsaw authorities have said the march may cause serious traffic disturbances in the city.