It was not until I returned home and Googled the Warsaw news that I found out what I had stumbled upon in the centre of Warsaw today.
10th April 2012, marks the second anniversary of the plane crash which killed the Polish president and 95 other passengers as they flew to Russia to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre of over 200,000 Polish officers by Soviet secret police acting on Stalin’s orders during WWII. Today, Poland held moving services to commemorate the victims of that plane crash.
At the same time, about 1000 Nationalists also took to the streets in Warsaw. They are the supporters of the late president’s twin brother, who has repeatedly boycotted the official commemorations of his death, stating that the Russian authorities and the Polish liberal government were responsible for the crash. He has gone as far as suggesting that the crash was actually an assassination.