Polish Pride event viciously attacked by far-right thugs

Polish Pride event viciously attacked by far-right thugs July 25, 2019

BOTTLES, rocks and flash bombs were thrown during Bialystok’s first equality march last Saturday.

The event attracted around 1,000 LGBT people, but they were vastly outnumbered by violent far-right protestors and religious zealots. More than 4,000 far-right counter-protestors reportedly showed up, shouting slogans like “God, honour, and motherland” and “Bialystok free of perverts”

Image via YouTube/Jaap Arriens

Footage of counter-protestors destroying a Pride flag and attacking police officers soon went viral on social media.

Twenty-five counter-protestors were arrested by police, who used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

A counter-protester is wrestled to the ground by police. Image via YouTube/Jaap Arriens

Pride marcher Anna Pietrucha, 26, said:

I am trying to see this in a joyful way, but this march is also sad for me because I did not think it would be as dangerous as it is.

Hubert Sobecki of the LGBTQ organisation Love Does Not Exclude, added:

We are in the middle of an ongoing wave of hateful propaganda, which is fueled by both the state and the Catholic Church.

Earlier this month, 30 cities in Poland declared themselves “Free of LGBT ideology.”

Addressing the attacks, Interior Minister Elzbieta Witek said:

Officers ensure security regardless of the ideas, values and beliefs proclaimed by citizens. Any person who breaks the law (…) should know they can be held responsible.

LGBT rights have become an increasing issue in Poland ahead of the general election which is expected to take place in October.

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has depicted LGBT campaigners as a threat to traditional Polish values.

Image via YouTube/Jaap Arriens

This year, at a political rally before European Parliament elections, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, above, urged Poles to vote for what he called:

The only party that gives a 100% guarantee that our values will be protected.

He said LGBT rights constitute foreign values that pose:

A real threat to our identity, to our nation.

Some observers see parallels with the party’s 2015 campaign, when it deployed anti-immigrant rhetoric.

The party, which has a staunchly Catholic base, has also tried to roll back on women’s rights. In 2016 legislators introduced a bill which would ban abortion in all circumstances even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life was in danger but were forced to back down following protests.

PiS took power in 2015 and remains popular thanks to generous welfare payouts, low unemployment and its nationalist rhetoric.

A newspaper supporting PiS was criticised recently by the US and British embassies for its plan to distribute “LGBT-free zone” stickers.

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  • Raging Bee

    This is the Poland that Reagan, the AFL-CIO, Pope JP-II and the Catholic Church worked so hard to create in the 1980s.

  • Waski the Squirrel

    I wonder what it is in us that makes us want to hate those who are different. People don’t want to be free to live and let live. They want to impose their way of life on others.

  • barriejohn

    They only want “freedom” for themselves.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Christian. Love. yeah, right.

  • Jim Jones

    Poland has a long history of bigotry.

  • Matt G

    Sorry to break it to you, PoS leader, but homosexuality has been around for a loooong time, and yes, even in Poland.

  • Gerhard

    Sorry to break it to you but sin has been around for a loooooong time, and yes, even with Matt G 🙂

  • Astreja

    Sin is an imaginary crime against an imaginary victim. Adding a supernatural element to humans’ bad behaviour solves nothing.

  • barriejohn

    Exactly. I seem to have missed the post where he condemns the violence.

  • Eric Jameson

    Heaven will be an-LGBT free zone.

  • Milo C

    … because bigotry knows no bounds?

  • Astreja

    Funny how the religiously impaired can just declare everyone to be sinners rather than addressing the real issues.

  • Matt G

    As Asrteja has already noted, sin is made-up. Meanwhile, homosexuality is universal and predates humankind. Throwing objects at pride parades will not change that, but it does reveal the character of the homophobic protesters.

  • Raging Bee

    Any formal statement from any Church officials, from either Rome or Poland, condemning the violent attacks on non-violent people?

  • Raging Bee

    In other words, boring.

  • Gerhard

    In my understanding sin is the summary term for behaviour that is the pursuit of self interested over that what is in the interest of the common good. You can insert
    lying, incest, theft, murder…
    If they wanted to throw something I would have suggested cotton balls. That would hurt them beyond measure 🙂

  • Raging Bee

    The “sins” you specify are actions that are known to cause harm to others. Being LGBT+ does not harm others, therefore there is no excuse for treating it as a harmful action.

  • Gerhard

    In your rage you missed the point that the logical fallacy I pointed out was that the argument that something has been done for a long time or exists elsewhere in nature is no excuse for human behaviour. Killing children fathered by others is also permitted in the animal kingdom, as is to eat your sexual partner following copulation. Sure there are some embracing such behaviour. As to the harmfulness of sexual promiscuity and the misuse of your reproductive organs for recreational purpose you must be rather blind to reality not to see what harm is done there, but the if your sin is not making you feel good you aren’t doing it right and you would need a better coach 🙂

  • barriejohn

    And the logical fallacy that YOU miss is that eliminating the offspring of a previous parent or eating one’s mate after sex have never been human practices; nor is anyone saying that they should. Rather, we are countering the argument that homosexuality is somehow “unnatural”, or opposed to some imaginary “natural law”. I’m pleased to hear that you never “misuse your reproductive organs for recreational purposes” (I can’t believe that I am writing this!), and sincerely hope that you never gain carnal pleasure from the consumption of food, but only force into your mouth the bare essentials of the most unappetizing slop that will keep you alive.

  • Gerhard

    no idea what world you live in but humans have done all that. Try critical thinking about your analogy with eating and you should see where you fail.

  • Raging Bee

    So you’re comparing LGBT+ to killing children and eating one’s partner? This only further proves you’re a deranged ignorant bigot.

  • Gerhard

    I never did that but you read that into it. This only further proves you are a deranged ignorant bigot 🙂

  • Raging Bee

    69Fuck off, liar. You’re the one who brought up all those other atrocities when the original subject was gayness.

  • barriejohn

    humans have done all that.

    But not instinctively, as other animals do. You’re grasping at straws. And if you can’t see the connection between sexual gratification and the pleasures derived from eating and other essential animal functions (pissing and shitting come to mind), then you’re totally incapable of sophisticated thought!

  • fractal

    Heaven for the climate.
    Hell for the good company!

    Mark Twain

  • fractal

    Nope.

    “Sin” is an archery term meaning “off the mark”.
    That is where the term orginated.

    No “ooga booga” about it.
    No judgement.

  • fractal

    “misuse of reproductive organs for recreational use”

    Come on.
    We ALL KNOW you use sex for recreation.
    Stop trying to bullsheett us.

    The brain demands pleasure—it is a natural function of having reflective consciousness. Along with that, the mammalian brain seeks out altered states of consciousness.

    Sex provides both.
    In addition, sexual orgasm is a powerful pain reliever.

  • fractal

    Excuse me—

    Which humans eat their sex partners?
    And who eats who?

  • fractal

    Sure ya do…