Poland's new federation of pro-defense forces holds first rally, amid security concerns

September 17, 2015 12:38 PM

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WARSAW, Poland – Hundreds of members of pro-defense forces have marched in downtown Warsaw to show their readiness to defend Poland if needed, amid concerns over the conflict in neighboring Ukraine and Russia's role in it.

The Federation of Pro-Defense Organizations was formally initiated in cooperation with the armed forces in March, in response to grassroots actions by ordinary Poles and paramilitary organizations. It includes scouts and students who want to join the police and military, or support them.

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