EURO-MPs CONDEMN SEIGE OF POLISH GAY CLUB
GREENS WARN OF CULTURE OF HOMOPHOBIC DISCRIMINATION
GREEN Party Euro-MPs have warned of escalating state-sponsored
homophobia in Poland after police in Warsaw blockaded ‘Le Madame’, a
hugely popular gay club hosting political and cultural activities.
Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas today called on the Polish government to
change their old-fashioned and discriminatory policies and order police
to abandon the siege immediately.
Jean Lambert, London’s Green Party MEP and a member of the European
Parliament’s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, expressed her concern
over the ongoing anti-gay policies permeating Poland: “Such behaviour
from the Polish authorities is quite unbelievable in a modern Europe The
ongoing violence that surrounds the discriminatory treatment of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Poland is particularly
worrying and simply unacceptable. It further proves that the LGBT
communities and those using Le Madame are loosing their freedom of speech.
"Denying people the right to express their sexual orientation violates
basic human rights and breaches international and European law,” added
“We have recently made significant progress with many European countries
legally recognising gay marriages, accepting everyone’s individual
sexuality. The Polish authorities’ old-fashioned policies simply pull
“With ‘Le Madame’ providing space for gays, feminists, anti
globalisation activists and the Warsaw Green Party the attempt to shut
the building seems to be a clumsy bid to eliminate all activities
President Lech Kacynski and his party disagree with.
“It raises questions as to the circumstances the political opposition
are allowed to operate and Poland’s commitment to the EU and the Council
Of Europe’s policies.”
The attempt to shutdown the club on Monday has been met with widespread
criticism. Those already inside the building refused to leave and have
now been joined by more than 200 people. Together they staged an
overnight sit in and have today invited celebrities, politicians,
journalists and others into the club to draw attention to the siege and
force the police to end their action in the face of overwhelming public
Caroline Lucas, South-East England’s Green Party MEP, added: “The human
rights of Poland’s LGBT community must be respected and the increasingly
homophobic Polish government must bring its policies and practices in
line with the norms of international law and its EU partners.
“President Kacynski must call off the police, and compensate all groups
caught up in this apparent act of political thuggery.”