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Symbolic wooden cross moved from Polands Presidential Palace

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Symbolic wooden cross moved from Polands Presidential Palace


A wooden cross inside the chapel of the presidential palace in Poland is a symbol of remembrance and mourning a tribute to President Kaczynski and those who lost their lives in the plane crash in Russia on April 10.

It used to stand outside the presidential palace but first thing this morning the authorities moved it to its new home inside the chapel.

The cross had become the rallying point for ultra catholic nationalist supporters of the country’s main opposition party led by the twin brother of the late president. It also brought into sharp focus the division within the country with those saying the cross, standing in the shadow of the palace, blurred the lines between church and state.

Supporters were aware of the plans to move the cross with some saying that ignored the voice of society.

In August the authorities tried to take action but had to delay the planned move when police clashed with demonstrators outside the palace.

Despite the opposition many have welcomed the fact the cross now has a new home including Warsaw’s catholic church. Though analysts are divided over whether today’s move could spark new rallies.

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