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Cuba: Cuba’s LGBTI+ Community Marches Without Permission

It turned out that the best thing that could happen was the suspension of the conga parade that, under the tutelage of the government-approved CENESEX, is carried out every year in May for the day against homophobia. The LGBTI+ community had expressed their disagreement with the cancelation of the event on the social networks and decided to march on their own.

For several days the announcements circulated until the date arrived. During this period some persons were threatened and harassed to keep them from reaching the meeting point. On the morning of May 11, activists Jimmy Roque and Isbel Diaz Torres were detained.

Around four o’clock in the afternoon Havana’s Central Park – which was already surrounded by police – was occupied by activists and the press. Nobody had asked for permission to be there. The walk began on the Paseo del Prado.

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