President condemns anti-Semitic protest in Kalisz

On Sunday, Kalisz inhabitants staged a "Kalisz - free from fascism" demonstration in the city centre in protest against the events which occurred on Thursday. (PAP) Tomasz Wojtasik/PAP

Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has condemned an anti-Semitic demonstration in the central Polish town of Kalisz during which a copy of a 13th-Century edict conferring rights and privileges on the city's Jewish population was burnt.

The demonstration, organised by nationalist groups to mark Polish Independence Day (Nov. 11), was also criticised by Kalisz authorities, who have filed charges against its organisers.

"I firmly condemn all acts of anti-Semitism," Duda wrote on Sunday. "The barbarism shown by a group of hooligans in Kalisz runs contrary to the values which underlie the (Polish - PAP) Republic."

The incident has also been criticised by the Polish interior and foreign ministers and the Polish Episcopal Conference.

On Sunday, Kalisz inhabitants staged a "Kalisz - free from fascism" demonstration in the city centre in protest against the events which occurred on Thursday.