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Truth or Fake: Did Polish soldiers support anti-lockdown protesters?

A photo posted on Facebook in early April allegedly shows Polish soldiers standing up to police officers to defend protesters marching against Covid-19 restrictions.
A photo posted on Facebook in early April allegedly shows Polish soldiers standing up to police officers to defend protesters marching against Covid-19 restrictions. © FMM Graphic studio

A photo posted on Facebook in early April allegedly shows Polish soldiers standing up to police officers to defend protesters marching against Covid-19 restrictions. But who are these men?

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Lockdowns and other Covid restrictions have been recurrent for more than a year now. They are not universally supported by citizens, with some demanding the lifting of all restrictions in the streets. In Poland, the protestors were reportedly joined by a group of individuals posing as soldiers. This scene was photographed and shared in France on several anti-lockdown Facebook groups, such as 'France Réinfo' and 'Les gaulois réfractaires'.

So, are they really from the military? In the latest episode of Truth or Fake, Tristan Werkmeister looked into the identity of this mysterious group called 'Pancerni Poznań'. Created only a few months ago, it defends conservative and nationalist values, while advocating for a healthy lifestyle based on the consumption of unprocessed and untreated food.

In the Polish media, this group is still unknown, although their participation to this protest wasn't their first action. In January, for example, they went to bars and restaurants in their town, demanding that they be reopened. A few weeks later, the group broke into a nightclub, which was open for one night, to support the owner of the establishment.

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