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EMERGENCY PROTEST

Against Chicago Visit by Viciously Anti-Gay President of Poland

The Gay Liberation Network recently learned that the new Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, is visiting the Chicago area this weekend. He has earned worldwide notoriety for waging a ruthless campaign against the rights of Lesbians and Gays. Under the banner of the Law and Justice Party, gays are denied the right to freedom of assembly and are being arrested for peaceful protest.

Ludwik Dorn, Minister of Interior has publicly condoned acts of police brutality towards Lesbians and Gays. In Poznan, the police stormed the LBGT Parade of Equality, swinging their truncheons, sending many to the hospital, and arresting 65 activists. Encouraged by the police, roaming mobs of skinheads pelted activists with eggs and shouted "Fags to gas," and "We'll do to you what Hitler did to the Jews."

Not surprisingly, this same government headed by homophobe Lech Kaczynski has abolished the Office of Equality of Women and Men, supports increasing restrictions on abortion, and challenges the European Union ban on capital punishment.

Blatant persecutions of gays and lesbians have taken place all over Poland, including Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Lodz.

These attacks are clear violations of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, including freedom of assembly and association (Chapter II-Freedoms: Article 12) and non-discrimination based on sexual orientation (Chapter III-Equality: Article 21).

Help say no to the persecution of gays in Poland!:

PROTEST the Chicago area visit by the President of Poland this weekend.

Please join the Gay Liberation Network at a protest of his reception with the Polish-American Congress at the White Eagle Banquet Hall, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL at 5:30 PM, Friday, February 10.


Contact the European Union:

Friso Roscam AbbingSpokesman for Vice-President Franco FrattiniEU Commission Spokesman for Justice, Freedom and Securitytel: +32 2 296 6746Fax: +32 2 296 0625E-mail: friso.roscam-abbing@cec.eu.int


For more information on the protest, please call Bob at 773-878-3697



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