After the Cuban government cancelled their 12th annual conga against homophobia, activists organized their own unauthorized march, but were detained by plainclothes officers.
The march only proceeded for four blocks before they were stopped by officers, according to reporting by Reuters via The New York Times. At least three activists were arrested, and all the other participants were ordered to leave. However, some say the march should serve as a warning to the government.
“Social media is playing its role, and civil society demonstrated it has strength and can go out onto the streets if necessary,” Maykel González Vivero, an independent journalist and LGBT activist said, according to the New York Times. “And from now on, the government will have to take that into account.”
Despite the march being cut short, activists are still proud they organized a march independent of the government or an institution.