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Polish Gays, Lesbians March in Show of Pride

By: associated press
By: associated press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- More than 2,000 Polish gays, lesbians and their supporters are marching through Warsaw in a yearly gay pride parade.

They were surrounded by a massive showing of riot police protecting them from small groups of counter-protesters.

Saturday's march in Warsaw is one of many gay pride events planned for June in Europe and elsewhere.

Poland's gays and lesbians have slowly started to become visible in a society that has long treated homosexuality as a taboo, partly due to the strong influence of the Roman Catholic church.

Waving small rainbow flags and carrying banners demanding equal rights and civil partnerships, an estimated 2,500 people marched.

Some open-platform trucks pumping techno and pop music and decorated in colorful balloons also inched their way down Marszalkowska street, one of the city's key boulevards.

AP-WF-06-02-12 1537GMT


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