Skip to Content

Richard Spencer

Poland objects to visit by Richard Spencer

Poland's foreign ministry has said it opposes a planned visit by US white nationalist Richard Spencer, whom a Polish conservative group has invited to an Independence Day seminar in November.

Published: October 30, 2017, 8:23 am

    Read more

    Spencer coined the term “alt-right” as head of the National Policy Institute, a pro-white think-tank in the United States.

    “In connection with the information regarding the planned participation of Richard B. Spencer in a seminar organised by the National Social Congress on the occasion of this year’s independence Day celebrations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong opposition to visits to Poland by individuals who propagate views that are based on racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic ideas,” the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement posted to its Twitter account.

    “As a country which was one of the biggest victims of Nazism, we believe that the ideas promoted by Mr Spencer and his followers could pose a threat to all those who hold dear the values of human rights and democracy.

    “We also believe that the views voiced by Mr Spencer are in conflict with the legal order of the Republic of Poland. In our opinion, Mr Spencer’s controversial activities and the proclamation of slogans referring to Nazism do not correspond to the character and seriousness of the official events commemorating the regaining of Poland’s independence.”

    But the Polish government did not clarify whether Spencer would be prevented from entering the country.

    Earlier this month, the Polish National Social Congress (KNS) announced on its Facebook page that Spencer would be a panelist at its “Europe of future” debate in Warsaw on 10 November, on the eve of Poland’s Independence Day.

    On Monday, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) called on Polish authorities to ban Spencer from taking part in the event.

    “We believe it is necessary for authorities to send out a clear, strong signal that taking part in Richard B. Spencer’s activities is unacceptable,” AJC Central Europe director Agnieszka Markiewicz wrote in the Gazeta Wyborcza, a Polish daily.

    The Associated Press has contacted a spokesperson for the Polish Border Guard about the ban, but they declined to answer, citing privacy concerns.

    Spencer had co-organized a conference titled “The Future of Europe — Perspectives on Geopolitics, Identity and Nationalism” in Budapest in October 2014 but the event was cancelled by the interior minister, who described the speakers as “proponents of racist ideologies”.

    He was subsequently banned from 26 countries in the EU for three years. That period of banishment ended this month.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Putin bravely dons hazmat suit to visit Covid-19 patients in Moscow

    MoscowPresident Vladimir Putin donned a yellow hazmat suit to explain to the public the emergency measures taken by the Russian government.

    Italian infections on the rise again despite curfews

    RomeAfter a few days of decline, the number of new cases in Italy have increased again. Wednesday's rise in the number of dead were 683, while on Tuesday the rise was 743. The number of confirmed cases in the US has however surpassed China and Italy to become the largest outbreak in the world.

    How the East fights against the Coronavirus

    MoscowEurope currently appears to be drowning in chaos and dysfunction when it comes to the fight against the Coronavirus. But how is Russia handling the challenge right now?

    Italy faces new emergency as it runs out of disinfectants

    RomeIt will no longer be possible to disinfect hospitals, ambulances, public transport and schools. The League has urged the EU to step in. "The government and Europe must intervene as soon as possible."

    Immigrants revolt against confinement in France, Germany

    ParisWhile drastic containment measures came into effect on March 17 at noon in France, carelessness and incivility persist in the immigrant districts of Paris. The police dispatched on the spot are exasperated with the inhabitants.

    Famous virologist explains risky ‘logic’ of herd immunity

    A virologist twice nominated for the Nobel Prize explains the British strategy of "herd immunity" claiming it may have a logical explanation, but is still too risky.

    Italian specialist: Three diseases that invite risk faced with the Coronavirus

    RomeIt seems that there are no more doubts since the data are clear: The mortality from Covid-19 is higher "for hypertensive patients, patients with cardiac arrhythmias, diabetics and patients with cardiovascular diseases".

    Dutch research team first to discover Covid-19 antibodies

    RotterdamThe first drug capable of attacking and neutralizing the Coronavirus could be ready for experimentation after a group of Dutch researchers discovered an antibody.

    Italy asks for more respirators but EU countries refuse

    BrusselsIn the teleconference between the 27 health ministers, Italy raised the alarm. But none of the "allies" responded.

    Muslim Brotherhood takes root in the Netherlands

    The HagueThe Rotterdam mosque De Middenweg and the Amsterdam Blue Mosque are in the grip of the Muslim Brotherhood. This was the message from the terror expert and investigator Ronald Sandee this week during his testimony in the Dutch lower house of parliament on unwanted foreign influence in Islamic institutions.

    Go to archive