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Posen Chamber apologizes for swastika at Potato Fest

POSEN — The Posen Chamber of Commerce has released a statement apologizing for a motorcyclist at the festival who had a swastika on his vest.

The image circulated widely on social media.

Here is the complete statement:

Dear Posen Festival Attendees,

This Sunday during the parade you may have seen in person and online, images of a man with a Nazi symbol on his vest. We want to make it clear that we were not aware of his attire at the time of the parade. They arrived the morning of the parade and with over 50 applicants there wasn’t time to inspect their clothing. We have never had to inspect parade applicant’s clothing in the past.

We understand many are concerned and were frightened at their presence in the parade. We’d like to make it clear we condemn the symbol and apologize for the incident and to all those who attended the festival this year. Next year we will take extra precautions and prevent something like this from happening again.

Thank you for reading.