The police repress a march for LGBT rights in Havana (Cuba)
GAYLES.TV.- Activists of the collective LGTB + and Security Agents of the State of Cuba they clashed this Saturday during an illegal demonstration in Havana convened after the annual gay pride march organized by the ruling party was canceled National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), directed by Mariela Castro.
The march had been called by the independent civil society and despite not being authorized it was initially developed without incident, with 300 people parading through the downtown Paseo del Prado towards the Malecón. Several participants declared to the press that they were not demonstrating "against nothing" if not "in favor"Of their rights and stressed that it was a peaceful celebration.
The security forces of Cuba they faced the protesters of collectives LGTB + and they detained at least two participants. Among the detainees was the environmental activist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola. The clashes rushed when the protesters ignored the police warnings and tried to continue on their way to the Malecón Pier
Finally several dozen protesters decided to make a sit and "kissed" in the middle of the Paseo del Prado.
The collective LGTBI + has been gaining visibility in the last decade in Cuba, where in the first years after the triumph of the Revolution (1959) homosexuals were persecuted and sent to labor camps called Military Units of Support to Production (UMAP), which is considered one of the darkest chapters in the recent history of the island.