“A van with homophobic slogans was spotted driving around the streets of Warsaw and it included calls for hatred towards people because of their sexual orientation” – quotes the capital councilors who have already reported to the police about offenses that are committed in connection with the presence of such content in public space.
A truck with loudspeakers proclaiming anti-homosexual and ‘anti-educational’ content regarding sexual education was driving around Śródmieście, including the quote: “Homosexuals more often molest children”. I do not agree with this! I say NO to such propaganda! – Piotr Jan Salach, a modern activist, who posted on his Facebook page the first to photographs of the truck and submitted a notification to the prosecutor’s office citing article 257 of the Penal Code:
“Whoever publicly insults a group of people or an individual because of their national, ethnic, racial, religious affiliation or because of their non-denominational status or violates the physical integrity of another person, is subject to the penalty of deprivation of liberty for up to 3 years”.
Local councilors were also interested in the matter, who also reported to the police about the suspected offense.
“There is no consent to hatred in Warsaw! With a group of city councilors, we report to the police the hideous trucks known from other places in Poland, which also in the capital have recently begun to spread homophobic content. False banners, false information from speakers suggesting a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia, hateful messages – we will oppose this and take all necessary legal steps” – councilman Marek Szolc.
Ten councilors signed the notification to the Warsaw Police Headquarters: Sławomir Potapowicz, Marek Szolc, Anna Auksel, Renata Niewitecka, Tomasz Żyłka, Paweł Sawicki, Dorota Łoboda, Jarosław Kaczyński, Joanna Dymowska and Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska associated with the Polish Initiative.
Nie ma zgody na homofobię w naszym mieście❗️Warszawianki i warszawiacy mają prawo czuć się bezpiecznie i żyć godnie, dlatego składamy na policję doniesienie ws. ciężarówki, która jeździ po ulicach i nawołuje do nienawiści wobec ludzi ze względu na ich orientację seksualną 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/F4BZgFWy8I
— Nowoczesna Warszawa (@N_Warszawa) December 5, 2019
Warsaw is one of the most intolerant cities in the world – according to the latest ranking, which was developed by specialists of the American company Fitbit. Specialists took into account 15 different indicators, including living costs in a given town, quality of health care, level of unemployment among young people, average monthly salary or degree of air pollution. One of the categories was the situation of people from LGBT environments. After analyzing the Social Progress program (acceptance indicator of the gay and lesbian community in each country), the authors of the ranking awarded Warsaw only 1.73 points. out of 10 possible . Thus, the capital of Poland was in seventh place of the least tolerant cities in the world.