Police protected LGBT marchers at a pride parade in Lublin, Poland Saturday from anti-gay protestors trying to block their path.
Riot police used water cannons and pepper spray against the protestors, according to the Associated Press. Reuters reported that police detained at least 30 people at the event, called the Equality March. Protestors tried to block the marchers’ path, and attempted to pelt them with eggs, among more heinous threats.
“We’ve had death threats, (this violence) was about forcing us not to have this march,” Bartosz Staszewki, organizer of Saturday’s march, told Reuters.
Conservative groups in Poland said that “LGBT ideology” undermines traditional Polish values. Lublin’s Mayor attempted to have the march banned for “security concerns.”