For security reasons, the Warsaw City Hall did not consent to a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the capital. How does Rafał Trzaskowski explain the decision?
On Saturday, a pro-Palestinian demonstration was to take place in the streets of Warsaw under the slogan: Not one more bomb – free Palestine. In this way, the participants wanted to express their opposition to the bombing of the Gaza Strip and Israeli occupation policy. There have been anti-Semitic incidents during previous such protests. This time, the Warsaw authorities did not consent to the march for security reasons.
Rafał Trzaskowski banned the pro-Palestinian demonstration
Rafał Trzaskowski emphasized that “the capital city hall in all decisions and actions regarding any gatherings in the capital is guided solely by security considerations, and this also applies to the demonstration planned for next weekend regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
“Our decision is based on the position of the Warsaw Police, which is responsible by law for ensuring public safety and order during gatherings. Previously, these demonstrations took place on a different route and then the assessment of the services and the city was positive. This time, the organizers changed the route and planned to end the march with approximately 2,000 people in front of the embassy building, which is located in Stara Ochota in narrow streets, which does not guarantee safety and order,” explained Rafał Trzaskowski.
The Mayor of Warsaw emphasized that “this is the only reason why the demonstration ban was issued.” “As long as the demonstration route is changed to a safe one, it will be allowed – exactly the same as in previous cases of this type. I will always emphasize that anyone who does not break the law can demonstrate on the streets of Warsaw,” explained the Civic Coalition politician.