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T he biggest pride event in Central and Eastern Europe brought more people than ever to the streets in the Polish capital of Warsaw on June 8. Tens of thousands of people marched, danced and sang waving colorful flags and umbrellas. Back in , gay rights activists had to fight to march in Warsaw. Pride events were officially banned in and by then mayor Lech Kaczynski , who later became President. What started as hundreds of people marching in defiance of the mayor, grew to nearly 50, marching in June alongside the new mayor, who was elected in
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About 1, pride marchers walked defiantly through the city center as ultra-nationalist football hooligans and the far right attempted to block the march. Ringed by riot police, around 1, pride marchers walked defiantly through the streets of the northeastern city of Bialystok as thousands of nationalist football "ultra" fans, far-right groups and others threw flash bombs, rocks and glass bottles. As counter-protesters yelled "God, honor and motherland" and "Bialystok free of perverts," the pride marchers chanted "Poland free of fascists" in return.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. In recent weeks, the police have arrested LGBT rights activists for peaceful protest actions on the basis of an overly broad blasphemy law, violating freedom of expression and signaling the further deterioration of the rule of law in Poland. On August 7, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Warsaw offices of the Campaign Against Homophobia, an LGBT rights group, to protest an order to arrest an activist named Margo accused of causing damage in June to a truck promoting false anti-LGBT propaganda. After about an hour of the demonstration, which was livestreamed on Facebook , police who had arrived to execute the order departed without Margo.