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Poland’s LGBTQ activists confront growing crackdown

The arrest of a non-binary person on Aug. 7 underscores the growing crackdown against LGBTQ activists in Poland. Margot Szutowicz, who uses female pronouns, and nearly 50 others were arrested in Warsaw, the country’s capital, while protesting Szutowicz’s imminent arrest for allegedly causing damage to a truck promoting anti-LGBTQ messages and assaulting a pro-life demonstrator on June 2.

She was initially arrested on the charge on July 14, but released after 24 hours. Prosecutors appealed the case, triggering Szutowicz’s current detention.

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