March of Independence is one of the largest patriotic parades in Europe. In 2010, the idea emerged for national organizations to organize a joint, one, nationwide march on the occasion of Independence Day. In previous years, marches of this type were organized in various cities by national circles, on a much smaller scale. It was decided that it was worth joining forces and jointly taking the initiative to organize this huge patriotic event. Already in 2011, the March of Independence Association was established – the official organizer of the march, whose president is Robert Bąkiewicz.
Before 2010, demonstrations to celebrate Independence Day, organized by national circles, took place in various cities, on a much smaller scale. It was then that it was decided that it was worth joining forces and jointly undertaking the organization of such a nationwide, patriotic event. This task was undertaken by the two largest national associations: All-Polish Youth and the National-Radical Camp. The first Independence March, which took place on November 11, 2010, was met with a hysterical reaction from left-wing circles by blockades. Many left-wing organizations tried to block the march, but it passed from Castle Square to the Roman Dmowski monument without major problems.
In 2011, the Independence March Association was established – the official organizer of the March, gathering members of national organizations in its ranks. The demonstration held on November 11, 2011 was supported by many associations, including the Union of National Armed Forces, the Warsaw Branch of the Catholic Journalists’ Association, the Great Poland Camp, the Solidarni 2010 Association, the KoLiber Association, and the Republican Foundation. Once again, there were attacks by left-wing circles, but not only. There were, inter alia, the attack of German anarchists on reconstruction groups dressed in historical costumes. The march started from Plac Konstytucji and ended at the Roman Dmowski monument at Plac na Rozdrożu. About 20 thousand people took part in it. people.
The Independence March, which passed through the streets of Warsaw on November 11, 2012 under the slogan “Let’s Recover Poland”, was a turning point on several points. It was a definite turnout success – about one hundred thousand participants took part in it. At its end, the creation of the National Movement was announced. At that time, the Independence March Guard was officially created, the purpose of which was to protect the participants of the March and keep order. The Independence March started from Rondo im. Roman Dmowski, and ended at Agrykola.
On November 11, 2013, the Independence March was run under the slogan “A new generation is coming!”. The route was the same as the year before. Over one hundred thousand people took part in the demonstration, and the order was kept by the Independence March Guard. The march turned out to be a media and attendance success.
The March for Independence 2014, according to the TV Trwam report, was preceded by the attacks of the police, inquiries and confiscation of computers and telephones, the victims of which were nationalists. Thousands of patriots could not reach Warsaw. The police kept the cars and coaches with the participants stopped several times for many hours. Police also disrupted a Catholic broadcasting station from the March by arresting and searching reporters from TV Trwam. The march in 2014 was given the slogan “Army of Patriots”. The route of the Independence March once again began at Rondo im. Roman Dmowski and was planned so as to honor him in front of the obelisk commemorating his birthday on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of this great Polish patriot.
The March was held under the slogan “Poland for Poles, Poles for Poland”. He has traditionally set off from Rondo im. Roman Dmowski. However, it ended at the National Stadium. Again, over 100,000 people took part in the demonstration. people.
The march in 2016 was given the slogan “Poland as a stronghold of Europe”. He followed the route as before. During the march, a letter from the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, was read out. Once again, the Independence March gathered around 100,000 people. people.
On November 11, 2017, the Independence March was held under the slogan “We want God”. It was the first of the marches held on the basis of the regulations on cyclical assemblies, officially registered for the following years on the route from Rondo Roman Dmowski to the area on the grounds of the National Stadium. It recorded a similar turnout as in previous years.
The Independence March, which took place on November 11, 2018, was part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. He had a record attendance, estimated at 250,000. people. At the beginning of the entire demonstration at On the 15th at the Roman Dmowski roundabout in Warsaw, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda gave a speech, who took the honorary patronage of the march called “For You Poland”, representatives of the Polish government. Subsequently, under the slogan “God, Honor, Fatherland”, he went through the originally planned March of Independence.
On November 11, 2019, the March of Independence followed the traditional route, this time under the slogan “Take care of the whole nation”. Its attendance was estimated at around 150,000. people. “This is the quietest Independence March in history,” said a spokesman for the Warsaw police. Polish patriots walked in a dignified and peaceful way from the Roman Dmowski roundabout to the grounds of the National Stadium.
In 2020, the March of Independence was held under the slogan “Our civilization, our principles”. In relation with
with covid restrictions, gatherings of more than 5 people were forbidden. Therefore, the Association “March of Independence” announced that this time the demonstration will take place in a motorized form. However, in the end, many participants encountered, inter alia, to blockades by the police, which made the decision to participate in the March traditionally, on foot. The president of the March of Independence Association, Robert Bąkiewicz, accused the police of obstructing the passage of cars, brutality and a provocative attitude, and demanded the resignation of the Police Commander in Chief.
Contrary to the previous edition, the Independence March in 2021 passed without major obstacles. Before the event, the mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, tried to put logs on his feet. Therefore, on November 9, Jan Józef Kasprzyk, the head of the Office for Veterans and Victims of Oppression, published the information that “in the face of the incomprehensible decision of the President of the Capital, Rafał Trzaskowski,” and “the unfair organizers of the Independence March, the decisions of the courts” made a decision to make the event state-of-the-art. The march was held under the slogan “Independence is not for sale”. About 150 thousand people took part in it. people.