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Polish Gay Rights Activist Robert Biedroń Brutally Beaten By Police In Warsaw

Robert Biedroń (pictured left) a member of the board of the Polish gay rights group Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) was arrested and beaten by police officers in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon, the group has revealed. 

Biedroń was observing, on behalf of KPH, the ‘Independence March’ organised by radical right wing nationalist groups National Radical Camp (ONR) and the All-Polish Youth (MW). When antifascist groups tried to block the march. “I went there as an observer for the Campaign Against Homophobia,” Mr Biedroń told a press conference at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights on Friday

“They took out individual people, including me, from the crowd,” Mr Biedroń said. “But the worst thing happened in the police car. There, I was left alone with an officer. And, in simple words, I was brutally beaten.  “I’ve dealt with human rights protection for many years now and I’m devastated by what happened.”

Tomasz Szypuła, president of KPH issued this statement on Sunday:

“Robert Biedroń, member of the KPH Board and its former President, accidentally fell victim to this violent behaviour.  He was apprehended and beaten, not only at the moment of arrest, but also later, when he was handcuffed in a police car. For over 20 hours he was not advised of the grounds of the apprehension, the police did not provide him with the record of apprehension and denied him contact with his lawyer and his next of kin.

We are appalled and saddened by the conduct of the police. We fail to understand how such situations can still take place in a democratic state. For many years now, KPH has worked with the police to further improve the enjoyment of human rights and freedoms. On 11 November our trust in the police was abused. We demand that the misconduct of the officers be investigated and the perpetrators be punished.”
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LGBT History: 7/15/1990 – The 20th Anniversary Of The Raid Of Montreal’s "Sex Garage" (Video)

Sex Garage © Linda Dawn Hammond / IndyFoto.com ’90
20 years ago today a series of events that unfolded in old Montreal when Montreal police raided a gathering spot called the Sex Garage which are likened to what happened in NYC following the Stonewall raid of 1969 in French Canada’s LGBT history.

Canada’s  Xtra online:
Police then herded the crowd, which chanted “Gay Rights Now!” along Boulevarde de la Gauchetiere toward Beaver Hall Hill where another wall of police officers stood stroking their night sticks in mock masturbation.

“When cops couldn’t find any cash behind the bar, they shut the party down anyway. ‘Everybody out!’ they screamed. So 400 partygoers — mostly gay men, lesbians and drag queens — filed outside like they were told. Some drag queens climbed out the windows and crawled across century-old rooftops to avoid the cops. They were used to it, too. After all, Montreal police had been raiding and harassing gay spaces for decades, only this time no one was going home: Outside stood 16 police cruisers and 40 officers wielding billy clubs. What no one knew, though, was that history would be made on this morning, at 4am, Jul 16, 1990, and it all began when the cops took off their name tags. ‘We were scared when the police got into battalion formation because we knew then that we were going to be beaten,’ said Montreal photographer Linda Dawn Hammond, now based in Toronto.”

“Suck my cock, faggots!” the cops taunted.

 Bruce Buck, returned to the loft to get his leather jacket. Buck never made it back to the loft. He was dragged behind a police cruiser and beaten to a pulp by six officers.

The next day on July 16 over 150 gays and lesbians staged a sit-in at the intersection of Ste-Catherine and Amherst streets to protest the brutality at the police bust-up. They demanded a public inquiry, that all charges be dropped and that the gay and lesbian communities each hold a seat on the Montreal Urban Community’s minority-relations committee. Everyone went home after being told that then-police chief Alain St-Germain would meet them at downtown Station 25 the next day. Come the next day, ‘of course, St-Germain wasn’t there,’ veteran activist Douglas Buckley-Couvrette, who would die of AIDS in November 2002, told me afterwards. Douglas, along with CBC journalist David Shannon and Paula Sypnowich, represented over 400 protestors at a ‘kiss-on’ outside Station 25. When their demands were dismissed and they were locked out of the precinct, the protestors demanded to meet with then-mayor Jean Dore, locked arms and occupied the intersection of St-Mathieu and Boulevarde de Maisonneuve. This time the Montreal media was out in full force and the police, armed with latex gloves and billy clubs, didn’t disappoint.”