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Third Equality March in Lublin. The march took place without any serious disturbances

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The third Equality March passed through the streets of Lublin. The police assessed that this year’s march was safer than in previous years. The organizers thanked the officers for security. The march of the participants of the assembly started from Aleja Racławickie and ended in the square in front of Galeria Labirynt. – We do not forget about the exclusion of people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and women. We go for all who are afraid – said Honorata Sadurska, the co-organizer of this year’s march.

The motto of the third Equality March, which took place on Saturday through the streets Lublin, was “Scary queer – we go for those who are afraid.” The route of the march was secured by the police with considerable strength. The officers were not only on the forehead and back of the group, but also on the sides, in side streets and on the footbridge over the street along which the procession was moving.

– The beginning of the march and its general course indicate that it was safer than in the previous years. There were no serious events or attempts to interrupt the march – described the press officer of the KMP in Lublin, commander Kamil Gołębiowski.

He reported that, according to estimates, about 1,000 people attended the rally at its peak.

The same number of participants was indicated by the co-organizer of this year’s Equality March in Lublin, Honorata Sadurska. – It was definitely calmer than in previous years. There were no blockages. We passed unhindered. We know nothing, at least for now, about dangerous incidents on the route – she said. She assessed that the police had fulfilled their tasks well.

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The Third Equality March in Lublin started at 1 p.m. on Aleja Racławickie (at the height of Teatralny Square). Then the participants walked along Aleja Racławickie, Lipowa, Narutowicza, Głęboka, Sowińskiego, Poniatowskiego and Popiełuszki streets. The participants took rainbow flags with them. Some had signs with the slogans: “Homophobia kills”, “Love is not a sin”, “Human rights are not a privilege”. The parade was attended, among others, by the Norwegian ambassador to Poland, Anders H. Eide.

3rd Equality March in LublinPAP / Jacek Szydłowski

The co-organizer of this year’s Equality March in Lublin explained that the goal of the march is to draw attention to the demands of the LGBT + community and more. – We do not forget about the exclusion of people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and women. We go to all those who are afraid – said Sadurska.

His opponents also appeared on the route. People with “Stop Deviation” banners prepared by the Życie i Rodzina Foundation were standing by the Saski Garden and in front of the Labirynt Gallery. The organization of the march is also opposed by the councilor of the Wieniawa district, Grzegorz Szwed. – I am a normal person, a patriot, I have nothing against them, just let them not promote the LGBT ideology on the streets. That’s it, said the Swede.

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The march ended in front of the Labirynt Gallery at about 3 pm. After the parade, there will be a screening of the film “Are you proud?”, An opening of the exhibition “Pride” by the performer Marta Matczyńska and a dance party. Last year, the march did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two earlier marches were banned by the president of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, for security reasons, but took place after the president’s decisions were overturned by a court. There was no ban this year.

3rd Equality March in LublinPAP / Jacek Szydłowski

The first Equality March in Lublin was organized in October 2018 and was blocked several times by people who threw bottles, stones and insults at participants and policemen. After the incident, several dozen people were detained. A year later, there were also attempts to block the march. The police used tear gas and a water cannon against counter-demonstrators and again arrested several dozen people. Some of them later heard judgments, incl. for participating in an illegal gathering and possession of instruments that posed a threat to the health and life of the participants of the assembly

16 people charged after the riots during the Equality March (video from October 2018)tvn24

Main photo source: PAP / Jacek Szydłowski



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