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Posted on 04/16/2006 12:32:45 PM PDT by lizol
Warsaw, Poland, police shut gay club
Coalition occupied Le Madame to keep it open
By Leslie Feinberg
Published Apr 15, 2006 12:59 PM
Polish police carried out a final dawn raid against Warsaws Le Madame gay bar on March 31, ending a week-long occupation of the club by an ad hoc coalition of movement forces.
Earlier that week, on Monday, police had blockaded the bar and tried to force the more than 200 people inside to leave. The Warsaw City Council had reportedly ordered the establishment shut down, once and for all.
But those inside refused to budge. Instead, they vowed to hold on to the club by staging a sit-in. As word of the resistance traveled, police barricades proved insufficient to keep out reinforcementsgays, lesbians and other left-wing , artists, students and other intellectualsincluding those from out of town.
A group of militants from the left-wing political party Nowa Lewa [New Left], with its chairperson Piotr Ikonowicz in the lead, eventually broke through the police barricades while lobbing a few beer bottles at blockading forces. (Gay City News, Doug Ireland)
Le Madame, which opened three years ago, is owned by Krystian Legierski, a gay Polish-born Black activist.
The clubs artistic director, Kastia Szurstow, explained that the former electronics factory had become a home to many political currents. Gays, feminists, anti-globalization activists, pacifists, anarchists, the left-wing opposition parties, we welcome them all there, especially when they find it hard to get meeting rooms elsewhere. Before police shut down the building, the offices of the Warsaw Green Party had been on the first floor of the club.
Szurstow added, We work with 61 theater groups and have produced 204 plays and pieces of performance arteverything from Chekhov and the classics to a play featuring only actors who were all schizophrenics. Our primary focus, however, is contemporary theater and art. The club also served as a gallery exhibiting paintings and photographs.
As negotiations with police and the right-wing capitalist government in Poland continued throughout the week, support from an already broad political spectrum widened. All but the government-owned television station and the most reactionary newspapers aired sympathetic media-coverage of the sit-in. U.S. actor John Malkovich held a March 30 media conference supporting the occupation.
The next morning, however, police chose 6 a.m. on March 31 to raid the club again, at a time when there were only 50 people there. Some of the bar defenders had chained themselves to pipes and railings.
Gay activist Lukasz Patucki said the cops were brutal, beating many occupiers as they drove them out.
Forced into the streets, the resisters regrouped, chanting at the cops: To nie koniec, to poczatek! [Its not over, its just the beginning!]
aw jeez.....where to go with this thread.....
What's the job description for "intellectual"?
Wow! He could go to the U.S. University of his choice, free of charge!
Someone who contributes nothing to the world...
Why the hell these fags don't just move to Holland ??
Haven't you noticed the "other" (other intelectuals)?
Which means, that intelectuals are: "gays, lesbians and other left-wing , artists, students". :-)))
Yeah, in Iran they know how to deal with such people :-)))
And what a broad area to fight for gay rights they would have out there.
Must be without morality.
Must not seek gainful employment (unless at the expense of others).
Must not believe in responsability for his/her own actions, nor expect them from anyone or any other group.
Must be willing to sacrifice any principals in the face of reason.
Must be sans Judeo-Christian tenets. (Islam, ok.)
An ability to lie shamelessly is an asset.
Applicant MUST be gay/lesbian.
Students, lol, F'n students are "intellectuals"?!!
probably requires a certain amount of "smug" to complete the package.
Hmmm... Sounds like a great place to raise kids. I wonder how hard is it to get a Polish visa these days...?
Lol, you gotta admit, you have to be pretty damn queer to get shut down anywhere in Europe.
Oh, yeah, I forgot; Must like the smell of your own farts.
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