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(en) Poland, action in warsaw

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Date Sat, 5 Jun 2004 09:52:47 +0200 (CEST)

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On June 2, an activist from FNB Warsaw pied the President of the
City, Lech Kaczynski. The pie action was made to protest Kaczynski's
moves to prevent the city's annual gay parade from taking place.
The Parade, which normally takes first on May 1, was not allowed on that
date but the organizers were told they could do it later on in the year.
The gay parade in Krakow, which took place a few weeks after, was attacked by
right wingers. The same right-wingers decided to organize a demonstration at
the same time the Warsaw parade was planned. The President therefore decided
not to allow the parade. The right-wing parade is to take place as planned
although the more militant fascist youth associated with it has said it
may withdraw; anarchists have called an anti-fascist action for that day.
Several municipal bodies have issued decisions that the parade may take
place, but the President keeps overturning this decision. On June 3, yet
another decision to allow the parade was issued, but it is certain that
the President will reject it again.
In the meanwhile, anonymous activists with lots of money have sent out
mass mailings and encourage people to sign their postcards to ban the gay
Television stations in Wroclaw and Lodz have also decided to air an anti-gay
commercial made by the most militantly fascist group in Poland, NOP.
The President Kaczynski has reacted dramatically to his pieing. Upon being
pied, he let loose with a string of threats, calling the people involved
"faggots". He commented that he could tell by the way that they looked that
they were gays. He promised to prosecute the activist who pied him to the
full extent of the law and has come to the unfortunate conclusion that he
was right to ban the trouble-making gays. The FNB activist J. will be
charged not only by Kaczynski but by the district attorney. He faces fines
or up to one year in jail.

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