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.