Freedom Defender’s Day, commemorated in Lithuania on the 13th January each year, honours those killed 30 years ago when unarmed civilians in Vilnius stood up to defend Lithuanian independence against Soviet forces attempting to seize control.
Thirty-five police officers were injured when rioting broke out during an annual Independence Day march in Warsaw organised by nationalist activists.
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.
The ambassadors of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Denmark in Poland extended their wishes to the Poles on the occasion of Independence Day highlighting friendship and cooperation between their countries and Poland.
This year's annual Independence Day March, which set off from the Dmowskiego Roundabout in central Warsaw on Wednesday afternoon, is being held mainly in a motorised formula due to pandemic-related concerns.
Riots have broken out during Wednesday's Independence March through Warsaw. Police have intervened. The march marks Poland's Independence Day (Nov. 11).
Polish President Andrzej Duda made a TV address to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day on Wednesday.
Poland's top politicians laid wreaths on Wednesday at Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and several monuments devoted to the architects of Poland's independence, which the country regained in 1918 after more than a century of partitions.
Poland's Independence Day falls on Wednesday November 11 with celebrations affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.
The organisers of the annual Independence Day March have called on “motorised patriots” to rally to the capital after the foot march was banned due to the coronavirus pandemic.