Poland, protests after assaults on gays

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 19:02:03 +0200

WARSAW, 27 JULY - "The specter of fascism is circulating in Poland and we cannot accept violence against LGBT people like that of the other week in Bialystok": the sentence has bounced today in Warsaw and in 20 other cities during the demonstration of solidarity with gays attacked by homophobes from all over the country to stop the first Gay Pride (called here March for equal rights) held in Bialystok, a city in the east of the country. Several people were brutally beaten, and made the target of homophobic insults. police arrested 77 attackers in recent days. The media also point the finger at the local Catholic Church, because a few days before the march the auxiliary bishop Tadeusz Wojda had urged the citizens of Bialystok to react. Today throughout Poland the use of force against marchers has been condemned. "Human rights belong to everyone" was reiterated during the rally held in central Warsaw.