Forfattere, akademikere og kunstnere signerer innlegg mot LHBTQI-situasjonen i Polen

I dag publiserte den polske forfatteren og nobelprisvinneren Olga Tokarczuk et innlegg på Facebook, signert av blant andre Pedro Almodóvar, Slavoj Žižek, Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Leïla Slimani og Edouard Louis (innlegg og fullstendig oversikt nederst i saken).

I INNLEGGET uttrykker de sinne for undertrykkelsen av LHBTQI-samfunnet i Polen, sympati med aktivister og deres allierte og dyp bekymring for demokratiets framtid. Innlegget er adressert til Europakommisjonens president, Ursula von der Leyen. De krever at EU-kommisjonen tar umiddelbare grep for å forsvare fundamentale europeiske verdier – likhet, ikke-diskriminring og respekt for minoriteter – som har blitt krenket i Polen.

Innlegget refererer til myndighetenes behandling av 48 demonstranter 8. august, som inkluderte fengsling og vold. Demonstrantene protesterte mot arrestasjonen av LHBTQI-aktivisten Malgorzata Szutowicz, som ble arrestert for å henge et regnbueflagg på en statue av Jesus og for å vandalisere en bil anti-homofile utsagn.


***Oversatt til engelsk av Facebook*** 

Ladies and gentlemen, I am sharing the content of the letter of solidarity and protest addressed to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

«We, the undersigned and signed, express our outrage with the repression aimed at the LGBT+ community in Poland. Solidarity with activists, activists and their allies, brutally treated and detained during protests, held in custody and intimidated. We express our deep concern about the future of democracy in Poland, a country with admirable history of fighting for freedom and resistance to totalitarianism.

On Friday, August 7, 2020, 48, 48 people were detained by the police in Warsaw – in some cases with violence – followed by detainees on suspicion of participation in an aggressive illegal assembly. In fact, these people participated in a peaceful protest, giving an expression of solidarity with LGBT+ activist Margot who was arrested for damaging the homophobic van. Her group also placed rainbow flags on Warsaw monuments, including the figure of Christ.

These were not ′′ hooligans ′′ actions or ′′ provocations «, as the pro-government media claims in Poland, but rather desperate acts of resistance against the collapsing, homophobic hate speech. A damaged van is one of many similar vehicles spreading in Polish cities, outrageous content: equalizing homosexuality with pedophilia, indicating gay people as a source of diseases and a threat to children. Previous efforts to stop this well-financed campaign by legal means did not result.
The broader context of these events is the use of rhetoric aimed at LGBT+ during the election campaign by the president, politicians and the media, and the attack on the ′′ LGBT ideology ′′, accompanied by resolutions of numerous Polish communities announcing themselves ′′ LGBT-free zones «, allegedly in defense of families and children, as well as last year’s brutal attack on the Equality March in Białystok.

Homophobic aggression in Poland is increasing because it is strengthened by the ruling party that has made sexual minorities a scapegoat without caring for the safety and welfare of these citizens and citizens. Margot is de facto a victim of political repression, arrested for refusing to be humiliated.

We call on the Polish government to stop targeting sexual minorities, to stop supporting organizations promoting homophobia, and also to hold people behind illegal and brutal detention from August 7, 2020
We call on the European Commission to take immediate steps to defend fundamental European values – equality, non-discrimination, respect for minorities – which have been violated in Poland. LGBT+ rights are human rights and should be protected as such.»

Agnieszka Graff, americanist, Poland
Agnieszka Holland, director, Poland
Naja Marie Aidt, writer, Danish language
Pedro Almodóvar, film director, Spain
Jakuta Alikavazovic, writer, France
Margaret Atwood, writer, Canada
Paul Auster, writer, USA
John Banville, writer, Ireland
Sebastian Barry, writer, Ireland
Judith Butler, philosopher, USA
Sophie Calle, writer and artist, France
John Maxwell Coetzee, writer, South Africa
Isabel Coixet, director, Spain
Stephen Daldry, director, UK
Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, writer, France
Lucas Dhont, director, Belgium
Marion Döring, director of European Film Academy
Cynthia Enloe, political scientist, USA
Anne Enright, writer, Ireland
Ildiko Enyedi, director, Hungary
Richard Flanagan, writer, Australia
Barbara Frey, theatre and opera director, Switzerland/Austria
Timothy Garton Ash, historian, UK
Luca Guadagnino, director, Italy
Miron Hackenbeck, playwright, Germany
Ed Harris, actor, director USA
Aleksander Hemon, writer, Bosnia/USA
Siri Hustvedt, writer, USA
Aki Kaurismäki, director, Finland
Padraic Kenney, historian, USA
Jan Komasa, director, Poland
Ivan Krastev, political scientist, Bulgaria
Jan Kubik, political scientist, UK
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreographer, Belgium
Yorgos Lanthimos, director, Greece
Andrew Leder, philosopher, Poland
Jacek Leociak, history, Poland
Jonathan Littell, writer, France
Mike Leigh, director, UK
Deborah Levi, writer, UK
Edouard Louis, writer, France
Sergei Loznitsa, director, Germany/Ukraine
Valeria Luiselli, writer, USA
Dorota Masłowska, writer, Poland
Hisham Matar, writer, USA
Ulrich Matthes, actor, Germany
Ian McEwan, writer, UK
Lina Meruane, writer, Chile
Teona Mitevska, director, North Macedonia
Chantal Mouffe, philosopher, Belgium
James Norton, actor, UK
Claus Offe, sociologist, Germany
Paweł Pawlikowski, director, Poland
Richard Powers, writer, USA
Axel Ranisch, filmmaker and opera director, Germany
Keith Ridgway, writer, Ireland
Philippe Sands, lawyer and writer, UK
Volker Schlöndorff, director, Germany
Marci Shore, historian, USA
Stellan Skarsgaard, actor, Sweden
Leila Slimani, writer, France
Timothy Snyder, historian, USA
Johanna ter Steege, actress, the Netherlands
Dariusz Stola, history, Poland
Małgorzata Lucky, stage designer, Poland
Małgorzata Szumowska, director, Poland
Colm Toibin, writer, Ireland
Olga Tokarczuk, writer, Poland
Alia Trabucco Zerán, writer, Chile
Fien Troch, director, Belgium
Jan Vandenhouwe, artistic director and opera dramaturg, Belgium
Christopher Warlikowski, theater director, Poland / France
Beau Willimon, playwright, screenwriter, USA
Adam Zagajewski, poet, Poland
Slavoj Žižek, philosopher, Slovenia