POLAND

 

 

UPDATE

Gay Pride Parade To
Go Ahead Despite
Mayor

(March 23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS - 12.30am (UK time)

Mayor Puts Damper on Gay Pride Parade in Warsaw

 

 

 
■ Flashback to the last Pride Parade in Warsaw in 2003.  The event in 2004 was also cancelled by the city authorities
(photo courtesy Kampania Przeciw Homofobi, Warsaw)
 
 
 
 

News is coming in that the Mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski has banned the Polish capital’s Pride Parade which was scheduled to be held on June 11.

If the ban goes ahead, it will be the second consecutive year that the Mayor, a right-winger, has invoked a ban.  Last year, he cited his fears of clashes between gay rights groups and opponents who had planned a counter-demonstration.

Kaczynski, who is being touted as a strong contender in the October elections for the Polish Presedency, is reported to have said yesterday (May 18) that the parade would “interfere” with the unveiling of a statue to General Stefan Rowecki who was a leader of the Polish underground during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw in the Second World War.

“Organising a gay parade on that day is a joke,” the Mayor is reported, by the PAP news agency, to have said.  “I am for tolerance, but am against propagating gay orientation,” he insisted, according to the report.

UK Gay News could not reach spokespeople for the LGBT community in Warsaw.  There will be an update as soon as we have anything.

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