Polish PM slinks in back door to avoid gay protest

Gays condemn Marcinkiewicz's homophobia

November 25, 2005

LONDON — Poland's homophobic Prime Minister, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, made an undignified entrance via a side street to avoid gay rights protesters picketing his lecture at Chatham House in London this afternoon (24 November).

Instead of entering Chatham House via the grand entrance in St James's Square, Mr Marcinkiewicz was bundled in via a side entrance in a nearby backstreet, Duke of York Street.

Outside Chatham House, London-based Poles joined a picket organised by LGBT human rights group, OutRage!, with the support of the European Region of the International Lesbian & Gay Association.

Martin Canerai and Swietlana, from Warsaw, were among the Poles who took part in the protest. They expressed their horror and fear at the rise of Mr Marcinkiewicz and his homophobic, right-wing Law and Justice party:

'We appreciate this protest in London,' said Swietlana. 'Polish lesbians and gays need international solidarity.'

Shortly after being named Prime Minister, Mr Marcinkiewicz declared homosexuality "unnatural," adding: "The family is natural, and the state must stand guard over the family."

Mr Marcinkiewicz, a Catholic fundamentalist, went on to say that if a homosexual "tries to infect others with their homosexuality, then the state must intervene in this violation of freedom."

'This protest was very necessary, especially following last weekend.s violent police arrests of gay marchers in the Polish city of Poznan,' said David Allison of the LGBT human rights group OutRage!.

'We want the Polish Prime Minister to know that homophobes are not welcome in the UK,' said Mr Allison. – OUTRAGE !

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