Over 250,000 took part in White and Red March

This was the largest manifestation of this kind in Warsaw's history, Joachim Brudziński said, adding that it could only be compared to gatherings during papal visits. Piotr Nowak/PAP

The interior minister announced on Monday that over 250,000 persons took part in a Sunday White and Red march on Poland's Independence Day in Warsaw.

"This was the largest manifestation of this kind in Warsaw's history," Joachim Brudziński said, adding that it could only be compared to gatherings during papal visits.

According to Brudziński, the march was peaceful as only very few "marginal and blameworthy" incidents were reported.

"The march proved to be a holiday of joy and patriotism," the official stressed, adding that irrespective of what was being said by some mass media, "the observances were safe and marked by dignity."

Minister Brudziński also thanked the services working all over Poland on Independence Day to secure all gatherings. "This was not only Warsaw but all places from Szczecin to Rzeszów, and from Legnica and Wrocław in the south-west to north-eastern part of Poland," he went on to say.

"The observances were safe and were held in the atmosphere of joy," Brudziński underlined. But he also admitted that there were incidents which will be followed by penal proceedings.

Poland regained independence on November 11, 1918, after 123 years of partitions.