Violence at Equality March condemned by Białystok Archbishop

Archbishop responsible for the city of Białystok said that violence and contempt are unchristian after far-right violence at Equality March.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall everyone know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” The Bishop began his message with a passage from the gospel of John.

Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda praised prayer actions organised in response to the march, however he criticised the actions of the counter protestors who engaged in violence.

“Such acts of violence and contempt are irreconcilable with following Christ. They can not, under any circumstances, be justified or accepted. They run contrary to the teachings of Christ,” he wrote.

During the Equality March held in Białystok on Sunday, groups of counter protesters tried to block the March and threw objects, including rocks and eggs, at its participants. They were dispersed by the police. The mayor of the city expressed his outrage at the violence.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who speak evil about you, and persecute you.” the Bishop cited the gospel of Matthew.