Protests erupted on Friday in Warsaw, Krakow, Lublin, and Wroclaw following the arrest of transgender activist Malgorzata Szutowicz, known best as “Margot.”
Half a million have signed lets get to a million! Change.org petition Abolish current anti-LGBT laws and protect LGBT people in Poland, call the EU to intervene
THIS IS THE QUEER PROTEST IN WARSAW POLAND RIGHT NOW!! This is incredible @stopbzdurom – the global queer community is watching and with you! #stopbzdurom #PolishStonewall #margotzamurem VIDEO @apileofowls on insta pic.twitter.com/sxUDl10Kgc
— Adam Eli (@aewerner) August 8, 2020
Szutowicz a member of stopbzdurom (Stop the Nonsense) enraged conservitives by draping Pride Flags over monuments and cutting the tires of a van with slogans accusing LGBT people of pedophilia. She is being held in pretrial detention for two months according to Action News Jaxsonville.
— Amelia♡ (@AmeliaBanaszak) August 8, 2020
The protests come amid an intensifying standoff in Poland between the LGBT rights movement and the conservative government, which has declared it an alien, dangerous “ideology.” President Andrzej Duda, who was sworn in for a second term Thursday, won re-election on a strong anti-LGBT platform, and social tensions have been rising. MP’s protested at Duda’s swearing in by wearing colors of the Pride Flag.
MPs in #Poland’s parliament turned up to the inauguration of homophobic #AndrzejDuda wearing the rainbow colours in solidarity with the #LGBT+ community. The fight isn’t over but love will win ?️?✌?❤️ pic.twitter.com/YE2emOxdwh
— Paul Usher (@PaulUsher) August 6, 2020
— Philipp Brokes (@philbrokes) August 1, 2020
Dunja Mijatovic, the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, the continent’s top human rights body, called Saturday for her immediate release.
“Order to detain her for 2 months sends very chilling signal for #FreedomOfSpeech & #LGBT rights in #Poland,” Mijatovic tweeted.
I call for immediate release of LGBT activist Margot from .@stopbzdurom detained yesterday for blocking an anti-LGBT hate van & putting rainbow flags on #Warsaw monuments.Order to detain her for 2 months sends very chilling signal for #FreedomOfSpeech & #LGBT rights in #Poland
— Commissioner for Human Rights (@CommissionerHR) August 8, 2020