The Equality March went through Opole for the third time. Unfortunately, there were several incidents caused by a group of opponents of the March. They challenged the participants of the event and burned a small flag in the colors of the rainbow.
The march began at Plac Wolności. Several hundred participants walked along Piastowska, Wrocławska, Niemodlińska Streets to Sienkiewicza Street, and then along Ozimska Street to Plac Jana Pawła II, where the event ended.
Along the way, small counter-demonstrations awaited them, previously announced by the All-Polish Youth. They appeared in front of the Franciscan church with banners. – Pedophiles, lesbians, gays, all of Poland is laughing at you – they shouted. The participants of the March answered them chanting: “Come with us” or “Homophobia is cured”.
They want to be themselves
– If someone has already bothered, stood on the route and wants to pray for us, it is worth suggesting what you can pray for. A few postulates came to mind: marital equality, the right to start a family and care for children, partnerships to have the right to live with a loved one. Gentlemen can pray for these demands. Since they keep their fingers crossed for normal families, we want the same. A normal family is one that can survive a month without getting into debt, a normal family is one that can count on state support in case of illness – commented Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk from the Left.
– We have every right to be ourselves, to be happy and safe. We have every right to love the people we want and be accepted in our country. I am a proud member of the LGBT community and I am very happy about it – said Krzysztof Śmiszek from the Left.
The march was held under the patronage of the President of Opole, Arkadiusz Wiśniewski, although he himself was not present on the march. He was represented by the plenipotentiary for equality, Dorota Piechowicz-Witoń.
This year’s event was organized under the slogan “We want to be ourselves”. The basic postulates of the March were effective protection against discrimination and exclusion.
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