Przystanek Woodstock, translated "Woodstock Stop" in English, is billed as "the biggest open-air festival in Europe." Held annually in Poland since 1995 to commemorate America's 1969 Woodstock, it draws 200-400k people.
Here are some of the tamer photos from this year's event, held July 31-August 2, to give you an idea of the magnitude and type of people Woodstock Stop attracts, all courtesy of Reuters:
A Polish pro-life group under the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform umbrella translated some of CBR's graphic signs, like these in a photo taken at another event:
The pro-lifers alerted authorities 8 days before Woodstock Stop of their plans to erect a display, and then did so on municipal land, in a "good place opposite to the entrance to the festival," according to an email from 1 of the organizers, Mariusz Dzierzawski.
On the 1st day of Woodstock Stop, planners threatened pro-lifers to either remove the display or they would. The pro-lifers pushed back, and planners backed away.
Pro-lifers took turns guarding the display during the night, but according to Mariusz:
At 3 45 a.m. more than 10 men came with knives and in 2 minutes destroyed our billboards and ran away.
Just imagine. What brave people. Continuing the email:
The girls reported the attack to the police and informed press. Media was very interested in the incident because the slogan of the festival is love and tolerance. 4 TV stations showed the information.
On Saturday afternoon, when we were giving interviews to media, and the girls were trying to mend the billboards (I thought that it was crazy idea) came 10 festival guards and their chief gave them an order to dismantle and take the exhibition. They did. My lawyer thinks that they broke the law. I reported the situation to the police. Media are still interested. I'm going to go to the court.
In America, of course there would have been no doubt these thugs broke the law. In fact, police would never have let them get this far - in broad daylight! We think we are persecuted in the U.S. for standing our ground, we really have no idea.
God bless these dear Polish pro-lifers.
If one hates an opposing message that he'll resort to vandalism, he needs to consider why he hates the message so much.Posted by: Ronnica at August 10, 2009 1:27 PM
Are you SURE this would never happen in the U.S.?Posted by: Rosemary A. at August 10, 2009 2:17 PM
I am with Rosemary... I think this would happen in the US and people would get away with it... It would never show on the 3 major networks and we would see it either on Hannity or Bill O'Reilly's show.
It's sad that the pro-life movement is not even more publicized under the scrutiny of the Obama administration. Obama being the most pro-choice and pro-abortion President, you would think that more news would cover those against his policies. The only network I see that happening is Fox News and I am deeply disgruntled and so sad as an American and Catholic that more action is not being taken over this issue. I will forever be proud of my country, but I pray daily that we as Americans stop desensitizing ourselves to the lies of abortion.
Hi Jacqueline: I don't think people would get away with doing this in the US. Not yet. We aren't quite at this point yet. Close but no cigar.
American free speech still is being upheld. And how interesting that they used knives to cut up the pictures of the already dismembered babies.
What I think is interesting is the two people making out in public in the muck or dirty water. Somehow that just is so fitting. Degrading sexuality in a degrading filthy setting.Posted by: angel at August 10, 2009 5:00 PM
"type of people Woodstock Stop attracts", "Mumbai chic"...
Jill wins a couple of awards and gets a bit "prissy". No wonder pro-aborts think that pro-lifers are judgemental!Posted by: Marie at August 10, 2009 8:19 PM
creeps.Posted by: Jasper at August 10, 2009 8:20 PM
I think this WOULD happen in America, but it would be promptly taken to court. I suppose the ruling would depend on the judge they got. Just look at the case of the Pastor (I think his name was Pastor Hoye or something to that effect?) who has had little success in getting justice in his case. Jailed for the crime of handing out literature to people who approached him for it.Posted by: army_wife at August 10, 2009 8:30 PM
No wonder pro-aborts think that pro-lifers are judgemental!
Well, I'm certainly judgemental. I judge that abortion is wrong. And that people who have abortions are wrong to do so.
Of course, if people think there's nothing wrong with hacking babies to pieces, they're certainly not going to have any problems with people hacking posters to pieces.Posted by: Louise at August 10, 2009 9:18 PM
It should be "Stop Woodstock."Posted by: Louise at August 10, 2009 11:17 PM
Marie, I have purple hair, a labret piercing, left eyebrow piercing, just to name a few...Love rock, alternative, industrial metal, classic rock, etc.
And I hate abortion. And I also hate generalizations about people. Any people. Pro or anti abortion.Posted by: xalisae at August 11, 2009 12:23 AM
Thanks, xalisae. Me too!Posted by: Marie at August 11, 2009 6:37 AM
Xalisae, I'd be proud to stand up with you at any pro-life rally. :D I remember when my family gave my cousin a hard time about his fuchsia hair. It's just HAIR, people...I don't feel that tattoos, piercings, or hair color have to do with the character of a person.
(I'll bet today my cousin would love to have that fuchsia hair back, since now he has none. LOL!)Posted by: Kelli at August 11, 2009 11:49 AM
I agree with Kelli. I'm over 60 and tattoos don't look good on wrinkles (well, maybe a tattoo of an elephant), but I've seen some really beautiful ones, and I'm a bit envious. Piercings, not so much, but I would also stand up with Xalisae at a pro-life meeting. You go girl!!!Posted by: Rosemary A. at August 11, 2009 12:10 PM
This wouldn't happen in the US or Canada because the local (US or Canadian) government wouldn't have allowed the posters to be displayed near the festival in the first place.
One just needs to recall that some pro-family, pro-life groups were prohibited from protesting near various gay events and are forced outside a bubble-zone around abortion clinics in Canada.
Thanks, guys. Just remember, some of the most ardent abortion supporters who have actually had abortions themselves (some repeatedly) look like clean-cut business women or straight-arrow-type students.Posted by: xalisae at August 14, 2009 12:06 AM