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Poles Protest on Anniversary of Smolensk Crash

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And now we go to Poland, to our coverage of a protest in Warsaw on the anniversary of the Smolensk air disaster. The protesters are angry at the Russian government for not handing over key evidence from a plane crash that killed the Polish president, his wife, and 94 others on April 10th in Russia. NTD's Tom Ozimek reports.

Over a thousand people protested outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw Saturday. The demonstration took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the tragic plane crash in Smolensk that killed the Polish president and 95 others on April 10th.

The demonstrators are angry about the way the investigation into the crash is being handled and about the withholding of key evidence by the Russian authorities.

[Krzysztof Skalski, Protester]:
"My President died a year ago and to this day I still don't know exactly how he died, why he died, or even what time he died. And in my view this is the biggest scandal of this so-called investigation into the Smolensk crash. So-called because the investigation is actually non-existent. All the evidence is in the hands of the Russians. Polish investigators and prosecutors haven't had access to it."

Ewa Stankiewicz, president of an association trying to get at the complete truth about the Smolensk crash, is upset the Polish government let the Russians take over the investigation.

[Ewa Stankiewicz, President, Solidarni 2010 Association]:
"Poles are now asking themselves about the sovereignty of Poland. In fact, we lost our independence the moment that our Premier handed the investigation into the death of the President, over to the Russians. This was an act of treason."

Stankiewicz added that withholding the black boxes and the wreckage of the plane by the Russians is suspicious and unacceptable.

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