Polish police detained activists for ‘LGBT makeover’ of Virgin Mary


A Polish activist had her home raided and was questioned by police after she circulated an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus that showed them with rainbow halos. Elżbieta Podlesna said she was questioned by police in Poland for several hours for offending the religious beliefs, AI reports. The report has confirmed that police raided her house at 6am yesterday and confiscated her laptop, mobile phone and memory cards. They also requested access to CCTV footage from the building in which the woman lives. Podlesna had just returned to Poland after completing an advocacy tour with Amnesty International in Belgium and the Netherlands where they raised awareness of the anti-LGBT policies in Poland. “We are extremely concerned to hear that Elżbieta Podlesna, a Polish human rights activist, was arrested and detained for several hours on spurious charges yesterday upon her return to Poland from a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands with Amnesty International,” Amnesty International’s Regional Europe Researcher Barbora Cernusakova said in a statement.


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