Polish city’s first LGBT pride parade disrupted

Published July 21, 2019, 11:57 AM

by Rica Arevalo

By the Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland — Police in eastern Poland detained a number of people who threw bottles at officers and verbally abused participants in the city of Bialystok’s first LGBT pride parade Saturday.

Police use tear gas at a group of young men who were trying to block the first LGBT pride parade in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok, Poland, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (AP Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)
Police use tear gas at a group of young men who were trying to block the first LGBT pride parade in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok, Poland, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (AP Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Officers in riot gear and border guards escorted more than 500 people along the Equality Parade route in Bialystok.

Police officers fired tear gas when a group of young men who were trying to block the parade started throwing bottles at them.

Local police spokesman Tomasz Krupa said one person was detained for allegedly snatching a rainbow flag away from a parade participant.

The parade continued, with banners reading “Love is not a Sin” and “Equality of the Sexes.”

In 2016, a few hundred young nationalists marched through Bialystok carrying banners for far-right organizations that included the National-Radical Camp, which is modeled after a fascist movement from 1930s Poland.

 
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