WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in central and Eastern Europe will bring thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday, at a time when the LGBT rights movement in…
Poland will have a record number of 20 pride parades this year. In some cases even centrist and left-wing mayors have tried to ban them, usually citing security concerns.
Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski recently called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the nation’s identity. In conservative areas, town councils have been declaring their municipalities “LGBT free.”
And on the eve of the parade, a far-right journalist on public television, Rafal Ziemkiewicz, sent chills down the spines of the LGBT community.
In a tweet, he said “one must shoot at LGBT” people, before adding “not in the literal sense of course — but these are not people of good will or defenders of anybody’s rights, (the movement is) a new mutation of Bolsheviks and Nazis.”