Polish gays protest against parade ban
June 14, 2004
WARSAW — About 1,000 homosexuals held a rally in the Polish capital
Friday to protest against the mayor's decision to ban their annual
A participant in the Freedom Parade waves a rainbow flag with the word Pace (Peace) in protest over discrimination of homosexuals|
Photo - AFP
"We are fighting for the fundamental right to be free," Szymon
Niemiec, one of the organisers told the rally outside Warsaw's city
The demonstrators carried signs proclaiming " No to homophobia"
or "Liberty, Equality".
Warsaw's rightist mayor said he had banned homosexuals and their
Catholic nationalist opponents from demonstrating Friday for
The bans were subsequently cancelled and sent back for review by
the prefect of the Warsaw region, but Kaczynski did not change his
Gay groups said they would file a legal complaint.
In March 2003, gay pride posters on billboards prompted howls of
protest from politicians and political parties on the left and
right, and in April a demonstration by 1,200 gays in Krakow
degenerated into clashes involving the protestors, their opponents
More than 90 percent of the population in Poland is Roman
Catholic. – Sapa-AFP
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