Marsz Równości w Gnieźnie will go ahead
Brussels, 11 April 2019
The decision by the President of the Polish city of Gniezno to ban a Pride march (Marsz Równości w Gnieźnie) scheduled to take place on Saturday has been struck down by a court in Poznań this morning.
Responding to the ruling, President of the European Pride Organisers Association Kristine Garina said
“We are delighted that the court has seen sense and has upheld Polish values and their citizens’ freedom to organise peaceful assembly.
“This is not the first time that a Polish court has upheld the right to hold an Equality March, but we hope this is the last time it is necessary. Opponents of LGBTI equality and human rights need to get the message that it’s time to stop attempting to ban these events.
“Authorities in Gniezno must now ensure Saturday’s event can take place peacefully and safely, despite the threats from thugs and others who oppose equality.”
Ms Garina had written to President Budasz on Monday to challenge his ban, citing case law from the European Court of Human Rights alongside the Polish Constitution. Read the letter here.