Gay Pride Parade in Poland thrown at stones

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At the first Pride Parade in the Polish city of Bialystok, hooligans attacked around 800 participants. Police officers were also attacked.

The first Gay Pride parade in the Polish city of Bialystok was overshadowed by violence. A group of hooligans attacked the 800 participants of the march on Saturday with stones, firecrackers and bottles, according to the police. The officers who secured the move were also attacked.

It was the first time that people in the city in north-eastern Poland took to the streets for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT). The demonstrators waved rainbow flags and banners with inscriptions such as “Love is not a sin”. Catholic and nationalist groups organized around 40 counter-rallies in Bialystok.

The handling of the LGBT community is controversially discussed in the traditionally Catholic country before the parliamentary elections in autumn. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of Poland’s right-wing nationalist governing party Law and Justice (PiS), had described homosexuals as a “threat” to his country in April.

On Friday, 26 July, the Tagesspiegel (printed and in e-paper) contains a special on the occasion of Christopher Streets Day the following day – stories, information and celebrities on three pages, as always designed by the Queerspiegel team. There will also be a live blog about the parade. (AFP/Tsp)

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