Polish president says foreign media took LGBT comments 'out of context'

WION Web Team
Warsaw, Poland Published: Jun 14, 2020, 10:56 PM(IST)

Poland President Andrzej Duda Photograph:( Reuters )

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LGBT rights have become a hot-button issue ahead of a June 28 presidential election in Poland, with Duda arguing that the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights needlessly sexualises children and harms families.

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Sunday asked the international media to "stop distributing fake news" after extensive coverage of a campaign speech in which he compared what he called LGBT "ideology" to Soviet-era communist indoctrination.

LGBT rights have become a hot-button issue ahead of a June 28 presidential election in Poland, with Duda arguing that the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights needlessly sexualises children and harms families.

"Yet again, as part of dirty political fight, my words are put out of context. I truly believe in diversity and equality," Duda tweeted in English on Sunday, tagging media organisations including Reuters, the Associated Press and the Financial Times.

He did not say how his remarks had been misrepresented.

"Truth has become a scared little creature," Duda said in a series of English language tweets criticising the international media for their reporting of his speech.

Duda said he wanted to see a world "where we can speak our mind, where words are not twisted. I believe in tolerance to any views, so please stop distributing fake news".

Duda is an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which dismisses LGBT rights as an invasive foreign influence undermining Poland's traditional values.

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PiS has attacked Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw who is also the presidential candidate of the main opposition party Civic Platform, for introducing a sexual education programme in the capital designed to include teaching about LGBT issues.

On Saturday, Duda said such teachings were a form of "neo-Bolshevism" in a campaign speech in the southwestern town of Brzeg, saying his parents' generation had not fought communist ideology for decades only for Poland to face a "new ideology (of LGBT rights) that is even more destructive".

The comments were widely reported by the local and international press, including Reuters.


 

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