Police make Arrests in Illegal Gay “Pride” Parade

By Terry Vanderheyden

POZNAN, Poland, November 21, 2005 ( - Police arrested more than 65 homosexual activists in Poland’s south-western city of Poznan for participating in an illegal “Equality March” there Saturday.

Poznan district prosecutor’s office spokesman Miroslaw Adamski saidÂthe activists face fines of up to 5,000 zlotys ($1500 USD) or up to one month in prison.

Organizers of the march, Campaign Against Homophobia, were refused a permit by city authorities Tuesday, arguing the demonstration posed a “danger to life, health and property.”

Last month, a European Union spokesman suggested that the country may lose its voting rights in the EU after pro-life and pro-family leader Lech Kaczynski was elected the country’s new president. The EU called Kaczynski’s actions as the mayor of Warsaw, where he banned “gay pride” parades two years in a row, a potential contravention of article 6 of the Treaty of Nice, which states that countries must protect the rights of minorities.

Despite promises to the contrary, the EU in concert with the United Nations consistently pressures Poland to legalize abortion and implement very liberal policies on sex education, contraception and homosexuality.

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  Warsaw Mayor Who Banned “Gay Pride” Elected as Poland’s President
  U.N. Demands Poland Overturn Laws Against Abortion

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