Tens of thousands join March for Equality of Ukrainians and Poles in Warsaw (photos)

26 June, 03:01 PM
Thousands of Poles and Ukrainians took part in a joint March for Peace and Freedom against Russian aggression in Warsaw (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

Thousands of Poles and Ukrainians took part in a joint March for Peace and Freedom against Russian aggression in Warsaw (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

Thousands of Poles and Ukrainians took part in a joint March for Peace and Freedom against Russian aggression in Warsaw on June 25, reported the Reuters news agency. They demanded an end to discrimination against the LGBT+ community and the protection of equality in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The March, organized by civil rights group KyivPride, is traditionally held annually in Kyiv, but the full-scale Russian invasion resulted in the event being canceled. As a result, KyivPride joined together with sister organizations in Poland to organize the event.

"Russia has deprived us of the rights we have been fighting for years on end, Russia has deprived us of Pride, our Equality March, which we have been holding every year since 2012 in Kyiv… That's why we are holding a march in Warsaw," said KyivPride Director Lenny Emson.

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The NGO stated that the participants of the event drew attention to the war in Ukraine, and called for global assistance to Ukraine, in particular to release Ukrainian defenders captured by Russia. Organizers estimated that about 120,000 people joined the Warsaw Pride march in the Polish capital, and between 2,000 and 3,000 joined the KyivPride column. In particular, diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv joined the Ukrainians.

At the march, people carried rainbow flags, blue and yellow flags, posters with the words "The war is not over, be with Ukraine", "Freedom to the defenders of Azovstal", and other pro-Ukrainian slogans. At the end of the event, they sang the Ukrainian national anthem.

According to Emson, Ukraine's defeat in the war with Russia, where LGBT people have no legal protection against discrimination or hate crimes, would be a tragedy for Ukrainians in general, but members of the LGBT community risk being "completely wiped out."

NV collected the highlights from the joint pride of Ukrainians and Poles in Warsaw.

REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
Фото: REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
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Фото: REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
Фото: REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
Фото: Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
Фото: REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki
Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
Фото: Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
Фото: Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS

In 2021, 141 cases of attacks, discrimination and other violations of the rights of LGBT+ people in Ukraine were recorded, according to a report by the LGBT human rights NASH SVIT center. Thus, the number of attacks compared to 2020 decreased by 25%, and 67% compared to data for 2019.

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