Polish police use tear gas to protect gay march

13 October 2018 8:17 PM

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Polish police use tear gas to protect gay march

Warsaw — Polish police used tear gas and a water cannon against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first-ever equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland.

More than 1 000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists gathered Saturday in downtown Lublin for the parade, while around 3000 right-wing opponents stood in the march's way. Police used tear gas, concussion grenades and high-pressured water to disperse them. The protesters pelted the police with stones.

The gatherings were taking place after Lublin's Court of Appeals on Friday overruled a ban by the city's mayor who had cited security concerns as his reason for banning them.

Source: news24.com

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