Dozens of protesters were arrested after trying to stop the detention of an LGBT+ activist who draped rainbow flags over statues in Warsaw.
Police in Poland said Saturday they detained 48 people who were defending an LGBT+ activist in Warsaw.
Polish authorities have described LGBT+ rights as an “invasive ideology.”
“Due to yesterday’s active gathering, 48 people were detained,” the Warsaw police force said on Twitter.
Crowds surrounded and climbed on a vehicle in the center of the capital to try to stop the activist from being driven away. Members of the anti-homophobia group “Stop Bzdurom” said they hung flags on statues of Jesus and other figures, Reuters news agency reported.
Earlier in the week, the group tweeted “We’re doing great! Thank you for great support and solidarity,” referring to earlier waves of arrests and detentions as Polish authorities cracked down on the LGBT+ community.
Leading MEP and Co-chair of the European Parliament’s LGBT+ group said, “We have to stand with all progressive citizens of Poland. Today the LGBTI community is under attack, who is next!?”