Demonstrators protested against
discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, race, and disability,
the organizers said.
The march was banned by the mayor
of Poznań, who cited security reasons. A year earlier, a similar legal event
led to street riots with far-right activists. The organizers of the march
claimed that the mayor of Poznań, Ryszard Grobelny, surrendered to the
demands of far-right parties and the Catholic clergy, who believed the
demonstration was immoral.
Riot police surrounded the
demonstrators shortly after they began their march. 65 demonstrators, who
sat on the street, were pulled out of the crowd, detained, and interrogated
at police stations.
“They were dragging us around on
the street,” a demonstrator told the Warsaw Independent news agency.
“I was put in a police car, driven
to a police station, and charged with taking part in an illegal gathering,”
the demonstrator said, adding he will be tried for a misdemeanor.
“The police surrounded the
demonstrators with a double cordon,” the Campaign against Homophobia, a
non-governmental organization, said in a statement following the march.
“Police units headed for the demonstrators. The policemen brutally pulled
sitting demonstrators from the group and dragged them along the sidewalk.”
Tadeusz Iwiński, an MP of the
post-communist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), said he had filed an official
interpellation to the government, alleging the violation of Polish domestic
and European Union regulations regarding the freedom of expression and
Neither the police or governing
politicians were not available for comment when Warsaw Independent news
agency. posted this news item.
© Warsaw Independent News Agency
Video report from TVP2 (3mb file - not
Poznań Bans Gay Pride Parade.
Audio report (MP3) by Radio Polonia's Michal Kubicki
(Radio Polonia, November 18, 2005)
Today’s Gay March in
Poznań Now Legally Banned. The March of Equality and
Tolerance, dubbed ‘Gay Pride’, due to be staged in Poznan, western Poland, this afternoon (Saturday) has been officially
banned. (UK Gay News, November 19, 2005)
Polish City Bans Gay
March for Security Reasons, by Marcin Sobczyk in Warsaw.
The mayor of Poznań, a metropolitan city in western Poland, banned a gay parade on
Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Poznań march, expected to
gather some 500 demonstrators, was supposed to take place on Nov. 19 as part
of the Days of Equality and Tolerance in Poznań, organized by leftist,
ecological, and feminist groupings. (UK Gay News, November 16, 2005)
UK Gay News has many articles on Poland. These can
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Campaign Against Homophobia Poland website
Radio Polonia website (in English)
Polskie Radio website (in Polish)
Warsaw Independent website