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Gay Pride 2016 [Warsaw, 11.06 / Kiev, 12.06.2016]

Last weekend, the annual Gay Pride Parade took place in Warsaw and Kiev. Both events were peaceful and largely without incidents. Photoreports by Marta Modzelewska and Paweł Pieniążek.
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska

On Saturday more than thirty thousand people took part in the sixteenth annual Parada Równości (Equality Parade) in Warsaw, organized under the slogan “Equal Rights – Common Cause”. The rally started in front of The Palace of Culture and Science, where representatives of numerous civic organizations and political parties such as Razem, The Green Party, Nowoczesnathe United Left, as well as the Vice-President of the European Parliament gave speeches, demanding equal rights for the LGBT community and criticizing the moves of the ruling Law and Justice Party. The march passed peacefully and there were no violent incidents reported.

Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska
Photo by: Marta Modzelewska

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Last Sunday, under the slogan “People’s security means the development of the country”, Gay Pride took place for the first time in downtown Kiev. Around 1500 activists marched and shouted pro-equality slogans while carrying rainbow umbrellas. Thanks to the good organization of the parade and around 7000 police ofiicers that guarded the rally, the event passed largely without incident and did not end in a “bloodbath”, as right-wing radicals had threatened. This presents significant progress on the 2015 parade, which was accompanied by numerous violent clashes.

Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Photo by: Paweł Pieniążek
Krytyka Polityczna
Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) is the largest Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists. It consists of the online daily Dziennik Opinii, a quarterly magazine, publishing house, cultural centres in Warsaw, Łódź, Gdańsk and Cieszyn, activist clubs in a dozen cities in Poland (and also in Kiev and Berlin), as well as a research centre: the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.

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