A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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When activists from eastern Poland traveled to Warsaw to join a far-right march, the local mayor from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) paid for some of their travel.Far-right voters are a threat and an opportunity. The party tapped into frustration with Western liberal values, when it won the 2015 election with the biggest majority by any party since the end of communism.Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of the PiS who has no formal position in government, said in 2015 Middle East migrants could bring parasites and diseases to Poland.RISK OF BREAKAWAY GROUPThe PiS is mindful of the need to retain the support of all right-wing voters, including far-right, for elections in each of the next three years.Tadeusz Cymanski, deputy head of the PiS parliamentary caucus said it is better if far-right organizations such as ONR, which helped organize the Warsaw march, do not feel threatened by the PiS.However, more than one in three Poles said that they supported far-right activities.
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