The Latest: Warsaw court nixes city's far-right march ban

The Latest: Warsaw court nixes city's far-right march ban
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland. Thousands of nationalists marched in Warsaw on Poland's Independence Day holiday, taking part in an event that was organized by far-right groups. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over a far-right march in Warsaw, which organizers had wanted to hold on Sunday, Poland's Independence Day (all times local):

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The district court in Warsaw has overturned a ban on a march organized by nationalist groups, arguing that freedom of assembly is protected by the constitution.

The decision late Thursday by Judge Michal Jakubowski is the latest development surrounding an Independence Day march on Sunday to honor Poland's 100 years of national independence.

For the past decade, far-rights nationalists have been organizing marches on the Nov. 11 holiday in Warsaw. On Wednesday, Warsaw's city mayor banned the march citing security reasons and a need to resist "aggressive nationalism."

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland. Thousands of nationalists marched in Warsaw on Poland's Independence Day holiday, taking part in an event that was organized by far-right groups. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland. Thousands of nationalists marched in Warsaw on Poland's Independence Day holiday, taking part in an event that was organized by far-right groups. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

The president and prime minister quickly announced that an inclusive state march would take place instead Sunday along the same route.

It wasn't immediately clear if the court's ruling would prevent the state festivities from taking place.

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A worker cleans a statue depicting late Polish President Lech Kaczynski after it was installed at a central square in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, was the twin brother of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the current ruling party, Law and Justice. The statue will be official unveiled on Saturday as part of the centennial observances marking 100 years of Polish independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
A worker cleans a statue depicting late Polish President Lech Kaczynski after it was installed at a central square in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, was the twin brother of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the current ruling party, Law and Justice. The statue will be official unveiled on Saturday as part of the centennial observances marking 100 years of Polish independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)

Poland's prime minister says authorities will do everything in their power to crack down on any expressions of extremism at a weekend march marking the centennial of Poland's independence.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's vow comes a day after the government took over the organization of an annual Independence Day march that in past years saw radical nationalists brandishing racist banners and slogans. Until Wednesday, the event was supposed to be organized by nationalist organizations.

He says "we want the march to be peaceful and not provoke tensions."

Groups of extremists have in past years joined the Nov. 11 march, which is meant to mark Poland's regaining of its independence at the end of World War I after more than a century of foreign rule.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, ahead of intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw, Poland, Friday Nov. 2, 2018. Merkel is visiting Warsaw amid calls by Polish officials that Germany pay Poland billions of dollars for damage inflicted by the Nazis during World War II. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, ahead of intergovernmental consultations in Warsaw, Poland, Friday Nov. 2, 2018. Merkel is visiting Warsaw amid calls by Polish officials that Germany pay Poland billions of dollars for damage inflicted by the Nazis during World War II. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski) (AP)