In the East Polish city of Lublin, clashes between police and jammers took place during a Gay Pride parade. According to the AFP news agency, the counter-demonstrators called anti-gay slogans and showered the parade's participants with bottles and eggs.
The Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza writes that most of the opponents of the parade were football fans from southeastern Poland. Police had to stop them using tear gas and water cannons to disturb the parade. Also, several journalists were injured. The police announced investigations against the disturbers. Already last year the parade had been attacked.
The approximately 400 participants of the Gay Pride Parade defied the blockade attempts. Rainbow flags and posters with inscriptions like "Jesus Loved Us" and "Homophobia Threatens Polish Families" swept through the streets of Lublin.
Only at the beginning of the week had a court ruled that the parade could take place. Damithob imposed a ban imposed by Lublin's mayor Krzysztof Żuk on the parade. He wanted to prevent the parade due to security concerns.
The LGBT community is campaigning topic in Poland
LGBT people are regularly exposed to attacks in Poland. In June, for example, the participants of a Pride parade in Białystok were attacked with stones, boilers and bottles.
Dealing with the LGBT community is a controversial topic in the traditional Catholic country before the parliamentary elections on 13 October. In July, a court banned Gazeta Polska , the national conservative magazine, from distributing homophobic stickers labeled "This is an LGBT-free zone." Previously, the Lublin region and other areas of eastern Poland had already declared themselves "LGBT-free".
Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the governing party PiS, has in the past described homosexual rights as a "threat" to the traditional Polish family. The Church also plays a central role in Poland in the fight against homosexual rights. Polish Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski described the LGTB movement as a "new plague" in August after the end of the "red plague" of communism. Demonstrators in Warsaw and Krakow then demanded his resignation.