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Cuba Suspends Gay Rights Parade on Government Whim

Cuban authorities ordered on Tuesday that a gay rights parade traditionally held in central Havana will not take place this year, without giving a clear reason, reported dpa.

“Complying with the guidelines of the Minsap (Ministry of Public Health) the Cuban Conga against Homophobia and Transphobia will not take place this year, because of circumstances which would prevent a successful event,” the national center for sexual education (Cenesex) said in a statement.

Without a clear reason given for unilaterally suspending the annual event, which shows that virtually no independent public activities are allowed on the Island, speculation abounds that the government does not want to offend the conservative Evangelical churches who oppose gay rights in general.

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