Solidarity demonstration for the Polish LGBTQ community

Polish friends: we stand with you. we are you. 

Budapest Pride and Amnesty International Hungary organizes a solidarity demonstration against police violence and unlawful arrest of Polish LGBTQ persons.

This is the time to show what the Polish-Hungarian friendship means. Come and join us on August 11. from 5PM at the Polish Embassy (1068 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 16.). Feel free to bring your own sign in Hungarian, English or Polish, and please invite your friends to the event!

On August 8 there was a historic LGBTQ demonstration in Warsaw that is frequently mentioned as the Polish Stonewall. Margo, a Polish LGBTQ activist executing the rights for free speech, got 2 months of prison sentence, and 47 other Polish LGBTQ activists have been taken by the police, who tried to stop the unlawful arrest with a human chain. Hundreds of LGBTQ persons gathered at the office of KPH, one of Poland’s largest LGBTQ organizations (Kampania Przeciw Homofobii, Campaign Against Homophobia), and managed to hold up the police for hours. Police have pulled out Margo, and put him in an unmarked police vehicle, with handcuffs, dragging and pushing him. The police reportedly used unnecessary violence against the peaceful protestors, twisting their arms, pushing them to the ground, and several protesters got hurt while being arrested. See a video about a member of the human chain being pulled out, handcuffed, and dragged by the police, even losing her shoes.

Margo is an activist from the LGBTQ organization Stop Bzdurom (Stop Bullshit), who a few days ago put a pink mask an a rainbow flag on different statues to take a photo to protest Andrzej Duda’s violent homophobic campaign. Duda has won the Polish election with scapegoating the LGBTQ community. The police arrested the activist for “blasphemy”, while he was executing his rights for free speech.

As a reacton, there was an even larger LGBTQ protest in Warsaw with thousands of participants on August 9, where participants protested against police violence and the restriction of free speech.

We stand in solidarity with our Polish siblings, as we need to advocate for the rights of our community under a similarly homophobic and transphobic regime. 

Now the European Union needs to show what the Union means. If the european values are truly existent, and if the European Union is capable of protecting its most vulnerable members.

We ask the Council of Europe o call for an extraordinary session, do everything possible for the immediate release of the Polish political prisoners and take a firm stance against police violence against Polish LGBTQ persons.