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Police use tear gas to protect gay rights march

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:15 AM
Police use tear gas and a water cannon to disperse some 300 right-wing extremists who try to block the first equality parade of some 1,000 marchers in the city of Lublin, in eastern Poland, yesterday.

WARSAW, (AP): Polish police used tear gas and a water cannon yesterday against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland.

More than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists with rainbow-coloured flags and banners gathered in Lublin for the parade, while around 300 right-wing opponents stood in the march's way. Police used tear gas, concussion grenades and high-pressured water to disperse them.

The right-wing protesters pelted police with stones and dispersed, but some small groups tried to get through the police cordon that was protecting the march.

The colourful parade then proceeded undisturbed.

The march took place after Lublin's Court of Appeals last Friday overruled a ban by Mayor Krzysztof Zuk, who had cited security concerns as his reason for banning the parade.

Gay rights parades have been taking place for years in Warsaw, the capital, and many other cities in predominantly Catholic Poland, but the ruling conservative party is not supportive of gay rights groups.