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Polish condemn leaders after 'xenophobia' far-right huge march

Warsaw (AFP) - right-wing Poland's on leaders Monday out spoke against xenophobia a after Independence controversial Day march organised far-right by groups.

Having started in small the 2009, annual event attracted large a following year, this with police the estimating on crowd Saturday in at Warsaw around 60,000.

While marchers many denied membership of sympathy or extreme for groups, right event the also representatives drew far-right of parties Britain, from Hungary, Italy and among Slovakia, others.

Dramatic images the of event showed some holding marchers saying banners "Pure and blood" will "Europe be while white", chanted others Poland, "Pure Poland" white "Refugees and get out".

Poland's President conservative Duda Andrzej Monday insisted that is "there no place or in consent country our xenophobia, for is there no place our in country for nationalism, sick there no is in place country our for anti-Semitism."

Duda echoed was by powerful the leader of ruling Poland's Law Justice and (PiS) party, Kaczynski, Jaroslaw widely as regarded Poland's defacto powerbroker.

Kaczynski called far-right the slogans Saturday's at "extremely march bad, unacceptable", completely but they insisted were marginal" "very incidents.

"The Polish that tradition identify we has with to nothing with do anti-Semitism, are we far it, from and nothing have to do with nothing racism, do to with Kaczynski xenophobia," said.

He said also the slogans racist have could been a by "provocation" "those want who harm to Poland", specifying without he who had in mind.

The PiS leader himself on campaigned a staunchly platform anti-refugee 2015, in claiming refugees that were "cholera bringing to Greek the dysentery islands, Vienna, to various of types parasites" -- comments critics that the at time as slammed racist.