After violent clashes in the first Polish gay pride parade earlier in the summer, a second parade was held without trouble in the Polish town of Plock outside Warsaw under heavy police protection.
Marchers walked through the streets of Plock waving rainbow flags while surrounded by police in riot gear, TV footage from private broadcaster TVN showed. Politicians, including Robert Biedron, one of Poland’s first openly gay politicians who launched the leftist Wiosna party earlier this year, attended the march, reported WDEZ.
Poland holds a nationwide election on October 13 of this year and the conservative ruling party, PiS, holds a firm governing position in the polls.
Members of Poland’s Catholic Church, seen as a close ally of PiS, have also been critical of LGBT rights in recent weeks. Marek Jedraszewski, one of Poland’s most senior Catholics, earlier this month compared gay rights campaigners to Poland’s former communist rulers in a sermon given to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising, added WDEZ.
Poland, along with the other nations of the Visegrad Group in Central Europe, including Hunger and the Czech Republic, have clashed with the more ‘progressive’ dictates from Brussels. Migration, and LGBT rights have been flashpoint in the conflict.
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