Cuban gay rights activists violently arrested for defying government’s ban on anti-homophobia march

From our Bureau of Progressive Socialist Toleration Policies

How’s this for “progressive”?

Your country’s monarch appoints his own daughter to head a government ministry of sex and she instantly becomes a world expert on all things sexual and a poster girl for gay rights.

Excellent progressive move! Imagine any non-progressive country having a ministry with the very sexy name of The National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX).

And HBO shows up and turns the Princess into the star of one of its documentaries!

Oh, but wait. That same ministry suddenly cancels your country’s annual Conga Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Yes, Mildred, sexy CENESEX pulled the plug on the LGBT Conga, claiming that it was dangerous to hold it this year due to “new tensions in the international and regional context,” and proclaiming that this ban was “in compliance with the policy of the Party, the State and the Revolution.”

And then a few brave souls decide to defy the ban on the Conga and government goons swoop down on them, beat them up, and arrest some of them.

How progressive! Long live leftism! Bernie Sanders, take a close look at this move, you might make the banning of gay pride parades a plank in the Democratic Socialist Party’s platform.

From the masters of understatement at the BBC:

A number of gay rights activists have been arrested after clashing with police at an unauthorised pride march in Cuba’s capital, Havana.

Saturday’s event followed the unexpected cancellation by the communist authorities of the country’s 12th annual march against homophobia.
Activists condemned the move and then organised their own demonstration, largely through social media.

Marching in Cuba without permission can be met with a strong police response.

On Saturday, more than 100 demonstrators took to the streets of the capital. Some said they were subjected to violence after they were stopped by plainclothes security officers.

After setting out on Havana’s Paseo del Prado, one of the city’s main boulevards, the marchers came up against a large number of police and state security forces.

At least three activists participating in the gay parade in Havana were detained.

Havana’s annual gay pride march is an important event for the island’s gay and lesbian community, which spent decades in the shadows and under persecution, says the BBC’s Cuba correspondent Will Grant.

As such, our correspondent adds, the decision by the government to cancel this year’s event was met with disbelief by many of those who had intended to participate.

(For a video clip click on the BBC link above)

The progressive Princess and her LGBT subjects

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