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Dissatisfied with government, Poland's disaffected young turn to far right groups

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Environmental activists hold placards as they protest during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw
Environmental activists hold placards as they protest during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw Reuters/Kacper Pempel

When the UN’s climate summit in Warsaw ended last week there was one minister conspicuous by his absence: Poland’s environment minister, who got the sack just as the summit was coming to a close. Marcin Korolec was the victim of a cabinet reshuffle designed to boost the Polish government’s falling popularity. Dissatisfaction with the government has been taking on a more worrying form recently with more and more disaffected youths joining far-right groups. And as RFI reports from Warsaw, their violent demonstration last week overshadowed the start of the climate talks.