Polish police detained 48 people after demonstrators attempted to stop them from arresting an LGBTQ+ activist during a rally in Warsaw on Friday, August 7. Reportedly, the activist had hung rainbow flags over statues in Warsaw and damaged a pro-life campaigner's van.
Additional rallies and counter-protests should be anticipated in major cities in the medium term. A heightened security presence is also expected.
Recently, some members of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party officials have criticized LGBTQ+ pride marches in an apparent effort to energize the party's base with criticism of values associated with Western liberalism ahead of parliamentary elections expected to be held in October. Similar pro- and anti-LGBT demonstrations are to be expected in Poland ahead of the expected October elections.
Those in Poland are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.