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Violence Erupts at Krakow March for Tolerance


At least 1,000 people marched for tolerance of gays and lesbians over the weekend in Krakow, Poland, but the march was interrupted as members of the All Poland Youth Group hurled eggs and stones at the marchers.

They also held up signs that read "Lesbians and gays, all of Poland is laughing at you" and "Stop deviation", according to the BBC.

Riot police were forced to intervene and reportedly made several arrests. Violence had been expected at this march. Poland is one of the most distinctly homophobic countries in eastern Europe and its recent history of clashes over homosexuality and detention of activists have proven to be major challenges for equality and gay rights in that country.


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  1. We need to get on the defensive, again. No more "parades", we need to march. The United States sets the tone for the rest of the world. If we are visible in our fight for equality; continually impressing on the population of this country that we are equal citizens and more than likely the person next door, then we can impress the continual improvement in OUR society. Only when we can demonstrate this kind of effective solidarity can G/L/B/T people around the world have a foot hold to establish equality.

    Pride Parades with disco-themed floats full of gyrating near-naked gymbots is not the best ideal for the cause.

    Posted by: Rad | May 1, 2006 1:51:17 PM

  2. I totally agree. We should fight for ouers rights.
    Now in Poland is like in US in 50's
    You should better not walk with yours boyfriend hand in hand cause You will be beet.
    And forget give him kiss on the street!!

    Government is very homophobic and i don't thin that something will change in near future in Poland.
    During last months over 20 000 Polish gay people were emigrate to west Europe.
    Me and my boyfriend are still here we are together more then 6 years, it is not so easy throw over everything and just go..
    The worst thing is that each day is worst .....
    I hope that somewhere at the world exist place for people like us ...

    Best Regards From Poland
    Thomas & Paul

    Posted by: Paul | May 8, 2006 5:09:00 PM

  3. Dear all,
    Please be careful to do your research before submitting your posts!

    From what I understand, the police arrested contra-protesters from far-right youth - the people you see on the pictures are clearly dressed as the far-right movement and have also signs of anti-homosexual organisations. From what I saw on the news, the police protected the March of Tolerance and the President of Cracow refused to yield to pressure from 22 politicians asking for a ban on the March.


    Posted by: Aleksandra | May 17, 2009 5:41:55 PM

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