Polish Gay Pride March Met With Violence, Protest

Polish neo-nazis via @PiotrFijakowsk1 on twitter.

The Polish city, Bialystok, held its first ever Pride march Saturday, drawing about 1,000 attendees, protected on both sides by police.

But the parade also drew anti-gay protestors, throwing flash bombs, rocks, and glass bottles at the crowd, according to CNN. There was also an outdoor prayer vigil and a picnic to “defend Christian values.” Some activists think the backlash against the march has to do with politicians and other prominent figures in Poland using anti-LGBT speech.

"We are in the middle of an ongoing wave of hateful propaganda, which is fueled by both the state and the Catholic Church," Hubert Sobecki, co-president of LGBT organization Love Does Not Exclude, told CNN.

The police deployed stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the far-right, violent protestors, and the march ended soon after.