Monday, 7 March 2016

Violent Attacks on LGBT Organisations in Warsaw

Last week two attacks took place on LGBT organisations in Warsaw.

On the night of 1-2 Match the windows of the headquarters of the Warsaw Lambada Association were smashed. A day later, 3 March, three men shouting abuse, started to bang and kick the door of the offices of the Campaign Against Homophobia and attempted to break into the building. They ran away before the police arrived.

All of this comes in the wake of a previous attack on the Lambada Association headquarters during the night 6-7 February, when its doors were sprayed with the Celtic Cross and the slogans 'White Power' and 'Ban Homosexuality'. During this attack a poster hanging on the door was also burned. As yet noone has been caught for carrying out these attacks. 

According to a statement by the Lambada Association: 

This is the latest in a series of incidents motivated by homophobia against our organisation during recent months. The perpetrators of both of these attacks are telling the LGBT community that they do not have the right to a calm and dignified life in this country. We cannot accept this and we will publicise every such attack, in the expectation of a decisive response from the authorities. 

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