Police detain activists for placing LGBT flags on monuments

In a post published on Twitter on Tuesday, Poland’s Police said that the first people have been arrested in relation to the case.

“In connection with the offence of religious feelings and desecrating Warsaw statues, Warsaw Police have detained the first suspects,” the Warsaw Metropolitan Police wrote on Twitter.

Last week, rainbow flags and anarchist symbols on pink masks appeared on a number of statues in Warsaw.

On Friday, the Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw opened an investigation into the “defiling of Warsaw’s monuments” and “offence to religious feelings by publicly insulting the object of religious cult”. Under article 196 of the Polish penal code, anyone who offends the religious feelings of other people by publicly insulting an object of religious worship may be fined or sentenced to up to two years in prison.

The police noted that the detention of the rest of the other suspects “is just a matter of time.”