On Saturday evening, a demonstration of solidarity with LGBT people and the arrested activist Margot began at Plac Defilad. Similar protests were held today in several Polish cities.
On Friday, in front of the headquarters of the Campaign Against Homophobia in Warsaw, several dozen young people gathered against the court’s decision on two-month detention for activist Margot from the Stop Bzdurom collective. Then the protest moved to Krakowskie Przedmieście, near the statue of Christ, where there were scuffles with police officers. Almost 50 people were detained.
On Saturday in Warsaw, protesters gathered at Plac Defilad to express their solidarity with the LGBT community and the arrested activist.
“You’ll never walk alone”
The crowd gathered in front of the Palace of Culture and Science brought rainbow flags and colorful necklaces. banners with slogans such as “Protect people, not monuments”, “I’m Human. Good will win, I am human”, “We are with you. #Muremzastopbzdurom”, “Love builds, violence ruins”. Demonstrators also pinned an LGBT flag to the Nicolaus Copernicus monument in front of the palace.
The organizers of the Warsaw demonstration under the slogan “YOU WILL NEVER GO ALONE! // in solidarity against queerphobia” are: Love does not exclude, Stop Bzdurom and the Anti-Fascist Coalition. “We do not agree to denying humanity, driving a spiral of hatred, chewing and intimidating. While Poland ranks as the most homophobic EU country in the ILGA Europe ranking, when 1/3 of the country declares itself ‘LGBT-free zones’, and politicians tell us that we are not human, we stick together and fight each day for our rights, for our lives and for each other “- we read on the event website.
Similar demonstrations are also held today in Kraków, Poznań, Tarnów and Rzeszów.
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