Roman Giertych, chief of far-right League of Polish Families calls off counter demonstration to the gay rights march in Warsaw this weekend.
The two marches, led by the Campaign Against Homophobia in Poland and the counter demo, organized by the youth wing of League of Polish Families, were to walk the same route Saturday lunchtime, only in different directions.
But now the counter demo has been called off. Why? “We are going to celebrate Poland’s participation in the World Cup, instead”, said Giertych.
And a much better use of the young men’s time it will be, too.
Poland’s first game is against Ecuador on Friday.
So the far right, All-Polish Youth, think that football is more important than intimidating gays, lesbians, trans-gendered individuals and human rights campaigners? What is the world coming to?
A cynic would say that Giertych, now that he is deputy prime minister, wants to put forward the best image he can. He likes his place in the coalition. So members of his party brawling in the streets would not go down too well with the new image - Giertych the Statesman.
He's also got the other problem of having at least 137,000 students signitures on a petition demanding that he be sacked as education minister.
But I am just an old cynic. I am sure he loves football as much as me.
But what if Ecuador beat Poland tomorrow? Will he still want to celebrate the World Cup then?
The Tolerance Parade will still be taking place Saturday.
There is a feeling that the All-Polish Youth know that the Tolerance march, which will be joined by thousands of people from outside Poland – particularly from Germany – was just going to be too popular to compete with. This, coupled with the fact that Giertych does not want bad publicity at the moment, contributed to the cancellation of the counter demonstration.
Whatever, this is a defeat for the far-right here and a victory for tolerance and modernity.
For more see Tolerance Parade web site