The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, called for the “immediate release” of the left-wing activist Margot, formally Michał Sz., Against whom the court imposed a two-month detention. According to the commissioner, this fact sends a disturbing signal when it comes to freedom of speech and the rights of LGBT people in Poland. It was after Margot’s arrest that LGBT activists scuffled with the police in Warsaw, resulting in the detention of 48 activists.
A spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, Aleksandra Skrzyniarz, reported today that “Michał Sz., An LGBT activist (identifying himself as a woman – RMF), is suspected of having committed on June 27, 2020. a hooligan act involving participation in a crowd, brutal attack on an activist of the Pro Life Foundation and destruction of property belonging to the foundation “.
As the prosecutor’s office informed earlier, the activist was accused of being during the June incident knocked Łukasz K. over onto the pavement, what caused his back and left wrist injuries, as well she jerked and pushed the man “in order to force the aggrieved party to stop recording the course of the event.”
“Destruction of property” was supposed to consist in damage to the car belonging to the “Pro-Prawo do Życia” Foundation: the value of the losses was – according to the investigators – over PLN 6,000.
According to LGBT activists, harmful and false information about homosexuals was emitted from the van.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Michał Sz. aka Margot threatens up to 5 years in prison.
Originally towards Sz. police supervision and a bail in the amount of PLN 7,000 were applied, but on Friday, after the prosecutor’s complaint, the District Court in Warsaw he decided on a two-month detention.
The Friday protest in Warsaw against the decision to arrest Margot and detain the activist ended in scuffles with the police. A total of 48 LGBT activists were detained.
His position on the arrest of Margot Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe she expressed on Twitter.
“I call for the immediate release of LGBT activist Margot (…). The arrest warrant for her is sent for 2 months a very disturbing signal on freedom of expression and LGBT rights in Poland “ – wrote Dunja Mijatović.
The Commissioner of the Council of Europe replied to the entry MEP Witold Waszczykowski.
“Poland the police protect the democratic order in the country from vandals using ideology as an excuse. Let us defend our civilization based on Greek, Roman and Christian values. Our civilization matters, wrote the former head of Polish diplomacy.
Tweet Dunji Mijatović also commented Deputy Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta.
“I said yesterday that European leftism will start to defend the hooligan Michał Sz. “ – he wrote.