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.
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