This week read about South Africans celebrating Pride and a harsh COVID wave ending, and activists being detained in Poland during pro-EU protests.
Soweto Celebrates Pride And End Of A Harsh COVID Wave
Hundreds of South Africans dressed in rainbow flags celebrated Pride in Soweto on Saturday, marking the end of a particularly severe third COVID-19 wave for the town.
The pandemic exacerbated the difficulties encountered by LGBT individuals in the United States, requiring them to remain at home with families or communities that did not necessarily embrace their status.
"Now we've got more [discrimination] cases, more mental health issues, because now they need to deal with this family that does not necessarily accept them," said one of the event's organizers, Siphokazi Nombande, according to News 24.
Given the additional stress of the pandemic, Nombande said, it was a boost for the LGBT community to have the City of Johannesburg help sponsor the 17th annual Soweto Pride.
Activists Detained During Pro-EU Protests In Poland
Police in Poland. Credit: Cezary P., Wikipedia.
Four individuals were detained by Warsaw police, including the prime minister's nephew, during a huge demonstration against government policy that opponents fear might cost Poland membership in the European Union.
According to the Independent, Sylwester Marczak, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw Police Department, acknowledged Franek Broda's temporary arrest with handcuffs, but did not address claims of police violence. Broda, 18, is an LGBT rights activist and government critic.
According to organizers and local officials, close to 100,000 people turned up in Warsaw on Sunday to demonstrate their support for the EU. A police officer allegedly kicked Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in the head as he was being held on the ground.
During the protest and following a march to the offices of Poland's ruling right-wing nationalist Law and Justice party, a few dozen individuals were fined for igniting flares and blocking traffic.
Similar protests were organized in a number of other Polish cities.