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Poland: Anti-gay Nationalists protest louder than Feminists01:08

Poland: Anti-gay Nationalists protest louder than Feminists

Poland, Szczecin
March 10, 2013 at 16:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Poland: Anti-gay Nationalists protest louder than Feminists

Nearly 100 people from the National Rebirth of Poland party (NOP) marched through the streets of Szczecin on Sunday, chanting anti-gay slogans. The theme for their march was 'pro-healthy family' and they said a Feminist organisation protesting on the same day was "promoting deviation". The Feminist group gathered after the NOP march for a rally, proclaiming with placards: "Szczecin, city of tolerance." Arkadiusz Rzepinski, NOP member and organiser, said: "We think the homosexuals are sick people who are a threat to our society."

The NOP, unrepresented in the Polish parliament, opposes same-sex marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender adoption in Poland. Aligning themselves with what is known as the Third Position political movement, they oppose both communism and capitalism, preferring to endorse the ownership of produce in their country to "productive members of society." In 2007 the NOP's political campaigns for the parliamentary election included campaign posters with the slogan, "Fascism? We are worse". The party received over 40,000 votes in four electoral districts of Poland.

Poland's first openly gay and transsexual MPs took seats on the front bench of parliament in March, yet remarks already made by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa on their participation in Polish politics caused controversy. Walesa, who has been honoured for his contribution to the Polish anti-communist campaign in the 1980s, said homosexuals "belong on the back rows of parliament, or even behind a wall."

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Poland: Anti-gay Nationalists protest louder than Feminists

Nearly 100 people from the National Rebirth of Poland party (NOP) marched through the streets of Szczecin on Sunday, chanting anti-gay slogans. The theme for their march was 'pro-healthy family' and they said a Feminist organisation protesting on the same day was "promoting deviation". The Feminist group gathered after the NOP march for a rally, proclaiming with placards: "Szczecin, city of tolerance." Arkadiusz Rzepinski, NOP member and organiser, said: "We think the homosexuals are sick people who are a threat to our society."

The NOP, unrepresented in the Polish parliament, opposes same-sex marriage and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender adoption in Poland. Aligning themselves with what is known as the Third Position political movement, they oppose both communism and capitalism, preferring to endorse the ownership of produce in their country to "productive members of society." In 2007 the NOP's political campaigns for the parliamentary election included campaign posters with the slogan, "Fascism? We are worse". The party received over 40,000 votes in four electoral districts of Poland.

Poland's first openly gay and transsexual MPs took seats on the front bench of parliament in March, yet remarks already made by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa on their participation in Polish politics caused controversy. Walesa, who has been honoured for his contribution to the Polish anti-communist campaign in the 1980s, said homosexuals "belong on the back rows of parliament, or even behind a wall."

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