Polish Independence March held in Warsaw amid scuffles

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Thousands of people took part in an annual Independence Day March in the Polish capital that ended in the late afternoon. Like in previous years, Wednesday's event was also marred by violence.

Isolated scuffles broke out between police and participants of the march. Officers were attacked by hooligans, hurling stones and flares, near Warsaw's National Stadium in the centre of the capital.

This year's Independence Day March was planned in a motorised formula due to pandemic-related concerns. However, hundreds of pedestrians carrying flares decided to join the rally.

After the event, Robert Bakiewicz, president of the Independence March Association which organised the drive took to Twitter to say that the organisers distanced themselves from all provocations, including those by the police.