Andrzej Duda has scraped home in the Polish presidential election with 51.2% of the vote sparking fears among Poland’s LGBTs of further crackdowns and the diminution of their human rights.
During a divisive campaign, Mr Duda, a close Trump ally, targeted the country’s LGBT+ community, saying that “LGBT ideology” was “more destructive than communist indoctrination”.
The incumbent president also promised to ban marriage for gay couples in his bid for re-election.
Duda’s anti-gay rhetoric has struck a chord with local politicians nationwide with more than 100 municipalities declaring themselves “LGBT free zones” prompting the EU Commissioner for Equality, Malta’s Helena Dalli, to threaten to “revisit” EU funding from any local authority with anti-LGBT policies.
Marek Szolc, 28, Warsaw’s only openly gay councillor, told France 24 that anti-LGBT violence is “visible on the streets” of Poland – even in Warsaw. Szolc said a child who recently put a rainbow flag in her window found vulgar graffiti on the outer wall of her building the next morning.
“When I saw this, what I immediately associated it with was the graffiti that were drawn in Berlin in (the) 1930s just before the Kristallnacht … when Jewish flats were attacked this way,” Szolc said.
“This is the level of violence we [have] right now, this is the level of emotion,” he said.