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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

Please fucking boost this as far as possible. Please, PLEASE.

A Polish trans activist named Margot was arrested. Her "crime" is minor destruction of property (she cut up a tarp on a truck covered with vicious anti-LGBT propaganda).

Her pre-emptive arrest for two months was authorized by a court, despite the fact that such arrest, by Polish law, are meant to be used for people who are a flight risk or an immediate danger to others.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

Margot did not resist arrest, but police at the time were not interested in arresting her. Wouldn't be impressive enough.

She was arrested at a later date, and a bunch of activists and LGBT people physically blocked the arrest. Around 40 people were arrested, including random bystanders.

Let me be clear - the protesters were surrounded by police and then ordered to disperse (how?!).

But wait, there's more.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

The arrested were driven to random police stations all over the country, without being informed where they're being taken and without being given a reason for their arrests.

Lawyers have mentioned on social media that they were not given access to the arrested people. In some cases for over 5 hours. It took a lot of patience and interventions from members of the Polish parliament (from what I know, from the left-wing Razem party).

And yes, there's more.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

There are reports of people being brutally beaten up by the police. This is clearly a shameless attempt at intimidation.

LGBT rights in Poland were never that great, but this is on an entirely different level. I have no reason to believe things will not escalate further. The right-wing government wants to score points with the more extreme parts of its electorate, and is using police as a cudgel.

Poland is simply not safe for LGBT ppl at the moment.

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LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

I tend to have a less extreme negative view of police than most leftists I see online, but if you ever needed more proof that ACAB, there you go.

I honestly never thought things would go so far. And I'm genuinely afraid the police are just getting warmed up.

The only thing that can keep Poland relatively safe is if as many ppl as possible know about this abroad.

So again - please boost, please talk about this to your friends as well as your politicians.

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Oh, and I when I thought what I've already written was "enough" - apparently later, when people showed up to protest at police stations, they were again randomly arrested. Again, for no stated reason.

The right to protest is guaranteed by the Constitution of Poland.

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If you wanna help, Kampania Przeciwko Homofobii is, I think, a good start. Here's their donation page:

wspieraj.kph.org.pl

(site's in PL, but: "Wspieram" is the button to donate, the header "Wsparcie ogólne" means "general support".)

(no, I'm not affiliated with KPH)

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By the way: right-wing assholes on social media consistently misgender Margot.

Because of COURSE they do.

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@oddtail Purposely misgendering trans people (even those who legally changed their name) is pretty common amidst right-wing Polish media. (Yep, I don't have self respect and sometimes watch Media Narodowe)

Margot was also misgendered on some of more liberal media. (at least some of them tried to use her deadname as little as possible).

Piękny kraj mój

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

@gorol mentioning the misgendering feels a bit like "this guy stabbed me with a knife. Oh, and he also kicked me in the ankle". Misgendering is a relatively small problem compared to everything else that's happening.

But I feel it's important to always remind about such things, because right-wingers are not approaching the situation in good faith.

And misgendering makes that abundantly clear, hence why I mentioned it.

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@oddtail Yeah, it's pretty minor. I'm little exhausted by all of this shit and I try not to focus on the most fucked up parts (I'm on vacation and I want to enjoy it!). Once I'll be back home on may battlestation I will deep dive into this.
Misgendering came up because I recently watch MN's peace about about illegal hormone trading and minors buying them. (I didn't fact check it, but I suspect it's full of lies)
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@oddtail And there was a lot of misgendering and general disbelieve that trans people are valid.
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In moment of writing this my parents just said some nonsensible things about queers, I'm tired…
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@oddtail My partner left Poland two years ago because she didn't feel it was safe then. She feels she can't go back for at least another election cycle now, events there have depressed her massively.

Honestly, fuck PiS and fuck Duda, I hope they all burn in hell.

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

@andi @oddtail I was working at an anti-racist organisation last year, and we had a transgendered refugee come in from Poland. It's such a horrible wake-up call of how bad things are in large parts of Europe. I honestly never thought I'd see refugees coming to Sweden from a neighbouring country.

It's not safe. It's degrees worse than just "Nazis have too much freedom". This is an actual fascist state in the making. And Poland is not the only European country that's turning fascist.

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

@panina @oddtail The WORST is the EU's "any member can veto" bullshit policy, because any sanctions levelled against either Bulgaria or Poland just gets veto'd by the other. It's almost as if they never anticipated there might be TWO bad actors in the EU...

This is literally the one point I agree on with Brexiteers...

LGBT rights in Poland, police brutality 

@oddtail

What many outside Poland may not realize is that this is part of a larger movement by the Polish government to erase people and views it doesn't like.

People who may not know may want to listen to:

wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/e

It's illegal in Poland to speak out against many atrocities, including that most of my family was killed by Polish, not German soldiers during the Holocaust, and had our land stolen from us by the government after the war.

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@oddtail

It was bound to happen after the re-election of Andrzej Duda. And he won by like 2%.

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