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(en) Poland, Warsaw, anarchist Action Against Homophobia and Repression

Date Sun, 12 Jun 2005 21:31:50 +0300

Activists from the Anarchist Federation Praga (Warsaw) pied the Vice President,
Andrzej Urbanski, in response to the city's homophobic actions and statements
and banning of the gay pride parade for the second year in a row.
The President of the city, Lech Kaczynski, is a raging homophobe who openly
says that we will not promote homosexualism and such sick social deviance by
allowing a gay march to take place in Warsaw. Officially, he tries to find
many pretexts not to allow these marches which had, before his reign, taken
place in this city without incident. Last year he banned the gay parade and
was pied with a nice vegan berry creation upon which he started yelling
about faggots and threatening our friends. He pretended to even by hurt by
the pieing, wore a neck brace for a few days and took off of work.

This year, Kaczynski started up again. At one point, he started to
get in a little trouble, which he doesn't really need being he's the
forerunner presidential candidate. So he sent in his vice-president
to take over and make up some more pretexts for not allowing the
parade. In amazing streams of creativity, he even came up with the
pretexts that parades cannot be held unless the organizers pay the
city money to reroute all the buses. When a lesbian activist from
Lambda pointed out that other protests didn't pay this fee, the
vice-president called her a liar. In a few interviews and TV,
Urbanski spun homophobia and bullshit and pissed people off.

The organizers of the gay parade decided not to obey the ban and
about 2500 people showed up, despite heavy counterprotests. There
was some violence organized by the youth branch of League of
Polish Families who even paid for hooligans to come to Warsaw
from Krakow. Lots of eggs flew, there were some small scuffles
and, unfortunately, two women were hospitalized when fascists
threw bricks into the crowd.

In all, about 20 applications for counter-demonstrations were
made and the city legalized a few. The Law and Justice (Guilianiist)
Party (Kaczynski's) wanted to make one too but officially stated
that they were too afraid of anarchists and leftists to go out in public.

At the end of the march, a very strange thing happened; the head
of the security services and the vice president appeared and
stood in the middle of a small group of anarchists. Most people
didn't recognize them but a few did. The pie action, which was
totally unplanned, happened in an amazing way. One person
actually went up to the vice president, asked him if he'd be
standing there long and then in that case they were going to
get a pie and pie him. (It was totally surreal because even
if the vice president couldn't recognize the anarchists, the
security chief knows everybody.) I suppose that the anarchists
probably couldn't even believe that they'd return after finding
the cake to find the guy still standing there, but there he was,
so he got pied with a cream pie. The second pastry, a large
doughnut, never made its target as the anti-terrorists woke up
and two people were arrested. They were eventually released but
it's not clear if any charges will be pressed.

In an statement made to the press, the anarchists call on
pie-throwers of the world to great Kaczynski and his people
whereever they might go with such sweet success.

We also are happy that friends held solidarity demos with the
gay parade at Polish embassies in different countries.

Homophobia, discrimination and repression - your days are numbered!

From: "Laure" <cube-A-zigzag.pl>

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