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Far-Right Demonstrators Torch 'Gay Rights' Rainbow in Warsaw Public Square: VIDEO

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A massive rainbow public art sculpture which was not intended as, but has become, a symbol of gay rights and diversity, was torched earlier this week by far-right nationalists.

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3_rainbowAl Jazeera reports:

Warsaw's main boulevard, Marszalkowska, and neighbouring areas turned into a war zone on the Independence Day March on November 11. Row after row of mostly male youth marched along the boulevard spilling into sidewalks and side streets.They carried flags with Celtic crosses and white power fists, chanted slogans with visceral force and filled the centre of the city with fire-cracker smoke. The parade, with the number of protesters set at around 15,000, was organised by two of the most prominent far-right organisations in the country, the All-Polish Youth and the National-Radical Camp.

Few passers-by dared to stick around and watch the spectacle.

Within one hour of the start of the demonstration, participants had attacked two squats in the centre of Warsaw (Syrena and Przychodnia) and burnt down a rainbow installation in Plac Zbawicela, an artistic installation standing for diversity.

The NYT reported on the sculpture back in March, noting that already the rainbow had been set on fire four times and come under fire from right-wing groups and politicians:

What was intended as a work of public art without an overt political message beyond the need for inclusiveness, according to the artist behind it, has instead become part of a culture war over homosexuality that has been brewing in one of Europe’s most Catholic countries...

...Stanislaw Pieta, a member of Parliament from the conservative Law and Justice Party, the main opposition faction in Poland, called the placement of the rainbow on a grassy circle in front of the church a “disgusting gesture, offensive to Catholics.” He added, “It’s a provocation.”

Although city officials and the artist, Julita Wojcik, say the rainbow is not a monument to gay rights, both its supporters and opponents find they can agree on what the rainbow symbolizes.

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  1. Polish nationalists? There are people who are proud to be Polish? That's messed up. Surprised they didn't light themselves on fire in the process.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Nov 15, 2013 11:20:13 AM


  2. burning the rainbow is vandalism.
    15,000 people marching to do it is fascism.
    poland/ russia/ all still under the spell of hitler and stalin.


    Posted by: Gilbert | Nov 15, 2013 11:24:53 AM


  3. I think Poland is rapidly changing. On one hand many still think of it as one of the old guard eastern bloc countries with nationalist hate groups, but on the other hand they do have openly LGBT parliament members. I am even aware of a transgender woman in public service. Even having a rainbow sculpture up since March shows some public change in progress, even if it was not originally meant as a LGBT equality symbol.
    The nationalist groups also attacked squats, so I am assuming this was maybe an attack on immigrants or the Roma community? Even though we see a lot of these reports, I think there is still hope for change in Poland.

    Posted by: scudpipe | Nov 15, 2013 11:36:12 AM


  4. It should be the church in the back ground that should be burning. That church is still very strong over the Polish people. Poor Poland.

    Posted by: terryp | Nov 15, 2013 11:42:58 AM


  5. It's unbelievable that in a country invaded by the Nazis in 1939 that there are fascist organizations taking to the streets. No one has learned anything, have they? History repeats itself.

    Posted by: Bryan L | Nov 15, 2013 12:01:16 PM


  6. Rebuild the Rainbow !

    As for the Far Right using a "Celtic Cross".....WTF is that about ?

    Phuck off Slavs.....Everything Celtic is ours.....not some right wing Swastika substitute.

    Rebuild the Rainbow.
    And we need to encourage a counter fascist group over there.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 15, 2013 12:03:38 PM


  7. Unfortunately, the Celtic cross has been co-opted by white supremacists. And its usage isn't limited to Slavic Neo-Nazis.

    Posted by: OddBet | Nov 15, 2013 12:10:08 PM


  8. @ ODDBET :

    Well, we want it back !

    Seriously, this is absurd..........if any fascist misused the Celtic Cross in a Celtic country, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Galicia they would have the living $h1t beaten out of them.
    We must not allow the rise of the fascists to intimidate us.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 15, 2013 12:30:46 PM


  9. sad...just sad. Considering that Nov. 11th was our Veteran's Day and many gays and lesbians fought and lost their lives trying to free Poland from fascism's grip...TWICE!

    Posted by: bear | Nov 15, 2013 12:31:55 PM


  10. Polish Catholics. Ya gotta love 'em.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 15, 2013 12:32:26 PM


  11. This is disgusting

    Posted by: reality | Nov 15, 2013 12:46:57 PM


  12. Make them pay. Literally. These groups are organized Christian mobs that have committed criminal acts. No different than if they had attacked another religious group or minority they disagreed with. They're organized and can be traced for membership. Collected films & use them to identify rioters. Demand justice.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Nov 15, 2013 1:27:00 PM


  13. It will be books and synagogues next.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Nov 15, 2013 1:31:56 PM


  14. Nothing has changed in Poland. Just research a little on what the country did to it's ethnic "minorities". The Wends, Sorbs, Kashubs, Lemkos, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Russians, Germans, Roma and Jews. It's a sad history with an ingrained xenophobic element.

    It's even more disheartening considering that the first written democratic constitution on the European continent came from this country. An action the Poles paid a dearly for; it resulted in their country being wiped from the European map.

    In the words of the iconic Bette Midler "God is watching us" Poland. It's time to repent and embrace your history of all people being created equal that is quite apparently lost in your present day hearts and souls.

    Posted by: NothingsChanged | Nov 15, 2013 2:03:47 PM


  15. Nothing has changed in Poland. Just research a little on what the country did to it's ethnic "minorities". The Wends, Sorbs, Kashubs, Lemkos, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Lithuanians, Russians, Germans, Roma and Jews. It's a sad history with an ingrained xenophobic element.

    It's even more disheartening considering that the first written democratic constitution on the European continent came from this country. An action the Poles paid a dearly for; it resulted in their country being wiped from the European map.

    In the words of the iconic Bette Midler "God is watching us" Poland. It's time to repent and embrace your history of all people being created equal that is quite apparently lost in your present day hearts and souls.

    Posted by: NothingsChanged | Nov 15, 2013 2:03:47 PM


  16. What comes around goes around. Here's hoping Warsaw gets torched and burns to the ground.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 15, 2013 2:29:59 PM


  17. Seriously f*cked up. Nazis all over again. Glad I don't live there.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 15, 2013 3:43:50 PM


  18. "...disgusting gesture, offensive to Catholics... 'It’s a provocation.'”

    - ... Arranging a fascist mob 15000 strong, and burning down a LGBT symbol to terrorize LGBT communities ISN'T a disgusting, offensive, provocation of LGBTs? Are we supposed to start burning things now too in response? Is that how this is supposed to work?

    Posted by: BiggityWitch | Nov 15, 2013 3:45:01 PM


  19. Stanislaw Pieta (pretending to be worried about offending Christians) apparently has not read Genesis 9:12-16 - 'And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”'

    It's kind of funny when the Bible thumpers obviously don't know what is in the Bible (and can't admit the obvious - that this rainbow thing is a myth that attempts to explain natural phenomena that they could not understand at the time).

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 15, 2013 8:15:49 PM


  20. you would after what poland went through under both hitler and the soviet union people would be more tolerant but i guess ignorance for some people is a way of life

    Posted by: walter | Nov 15, 2013 9:41:42 PM


  21. They are nothing without their leaders, whom should be hunted and dealt with.

    Then and only then, can the darkness fade.

    Posted by: Bean | Nov 15, 2013 9:55:28 PM


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