Poland: 22 police hurt, 176 arrested in march

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Police try to secure the area during clashes at the March of Independence to mark Poland\'s Independence Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. A Police spokesman says that two officers have been injured in a brief clash with hooligans in which police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas during a right-wing march to mark Poland’s independence day. Earlier, thousands of people walked peacefully in another march, led by President Bronislaw Komorowski, and in smaller marches backed by various political options. Last year, many police officers were injured and there was damage in the streets when right-wing marchers clashed with opponents and police. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police said Monday that 22 officers were injured and 176 people were arrested in clashes with right-wing protesters marching on Poland's Independence Day.

The disturbances broke out Sunday evening when right-wing protesters, some of whom were masked, threw stones and metal objects at police in Warsaw. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

It is the second year in a row that Independence Day celebrations in the capital have been marred by violence on the sidelines.

The Independence Day celebrates Poland regaining its sovereignty at the end of World War I after more than 120 years of imposed foreign rule.

President Bronislaw Komorowski condemned the violence and criticized the Parliament for rejecting his proposal to ban covering faces by participants in public gatherings.