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Thousands rally over Warsaw cross

Thousands of people have taken part in a midnight rally in Poland's capital, Warsaw, to call for the removal of a disputed cross in front of the presidential palace.

The wooden cross was erected in memory of President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in April.

Thousands rallied late on Monday night, demanding the cross be moved to a nearby church as they believe it does not belong in front of the presidential palace because it is a public space and Poland is defined by the constitution as a secular nation.

The issue has become a focal point of tensions over the role of religion in society, especially since authorities tried to move the cross to a church last week but were prevented by elderly Catholic demonstrators.

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