The Guardian reports:
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of offending religious sentiment, after posters bearing an image of the Virgin Mary with her halo painted in the colours of the rainbow flag appeared in the city of Płock in central Poland.
The Polish interior minister, Joachim Brudziński, announced on Twitter on Monday that a person had been arrested for “carrying out a profanation of the Virgin Mary of Częstochowa”.
A Płock police spokeswoman confirmed a 51-year-old woman had been arrested over the alleged offence. The woman had been abroad, but upon her return, the police entered and searched her home, where they found several dozen images of the Virgin Mary with the rainbow-coloured halo.
Offending “religious feelings” in a crime punishable in Poland by up to two years in prison.
Polish activist detained for adding LGBT rainbows to an iconic image of Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus https://t.co/bGtXyrZVXQ
— TIME (@TIME) May 7, 2019
They confiscated electronic equipment & arrested her on suspicion of “offending religious beliefs”.
Distributing posters of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo. pic.twitter.com/5gc3KhjYId
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) May 6, 2019
Rights groups in Poland are protesting after an activist was arrested for putting rainbow halos around Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary on a poster. The image is Poland’s most important Catholic icon.
She faces 2 years in prison on charges of hurting religious feelings. pic.twitter.com/7RnKzciveO
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 7, 2019