Poland: 3 activists arrested for hanging pride flags on statues in Warsaw

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President Duda, an ally of the nationalist ruling Law and Justice party, will be sworn in for a second term today after a smear campaign against the gay community, which he says promotes a more dangerous “ideology” than the communist one. He won the smallest election gap since the end of communism in 1989, after a close battle with the liberal Warsaw mayor.

Poland does not recognize same-sex marriage, even if it is civil, and same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt children by law. Last month, the EU said it would stop funding six towns in the country that declare themselves “LGBT-free areas.”

In addition, Poland announced last month that it plans to retire an Istanbul coach against violence against women, claiming it is “offensive” in light of the inclusion of gender education in schools.

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