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Poland: 22 police hurt, 176 arrested in march

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Police secure the area during clashes at the March of Independence to mark Poland's Independence Day, in Warsaw. 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.

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WARSAW, Poland — Polish police say that 22 officers were injured in clashes with right-wing protesters marching on Independence Day, and that three remain hospitalized a day later.

Police also said Monday that they made a total of 176 arrests linked to the disturbances that broke out Sunday evening when right-wing protesters 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 holiday celebrates Poland regaining its sovereignty at the end of World War I after more than 120 years of imposed foreign rule.

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