Be ashamed of defending aggressor: Justice Min to Human Rights Commissioner

“Be ashamed of your appeal in defence of the aggressor and apologise to the defenceless man beaten by the LGBT activist,” wrote Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro on Sunday, referring to the words of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović who on Saturday called for the release of Michał Sz., aka "Margot".

“If someone forcibly threw you out of the car, beat you, and stabbed the wheels in the car with a knife, would you assume that the arrest of the perpetrator by the court is an attempt on freedom?” wrote Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro on Twitter. The post came in response to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, who on Saturday called for the LBGT activist Margot to be released from detention.

"I call for immediate release of LGBT activist Margot from .@stopbzdurom detained yesterday for blocking an anti-LGBT hate van & putting rainbow flags on #Warsaw monuments. Order to detain her for 2 months sends very chilling signal for #FreedomOfSpeech & #LGBT rights in #Poland,” the Twitter entry by Mijatović read.

According to the prosecutor's office, Michał Sz., who introduced himself as Margaret Sz. "Margot”, is suspected of committing a hooligan act of participation in an illegal gathering, a brutal attack on a pro-life foundation activist and the destruction of property belonging to the foundation. These events took place on 27 June earlier this year. Such an act is punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment.

On Friday, the court accepted the prosecutor's complaint and imposed a two-month temporary arrest on him. On Saturday, Michał Sz., as reported by the police, was taken into custody. In connection with the arrest of the activist, the first protest took place on Friday in front of the Warsaw headquarters of the Campaign Against Homophobia. The protesters moved to Krakowskie Przedmieście, where clashes with the police took place, including an attack on a police car. The police detained a total of 48 people.

Spokesman of Warsaw police Superintendent Sylwester Marczak told PAP on Sunday that all those detained in connection with the events that took place on Friday in the capital had left the headquarters already; 48 people were charged with active participation in the illegal gathering; five people received other charges.