The Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2008
HAVANA—Cuba's first gay pride parade was abruptly canceled Wednesday, moments before it was to begin.
The unofficial march, organized with Florida's Unity Coalition, was not sanctioned by Cuba's National Center for Sex Education, which is headed by Mariela Castro, daughter of President Raul Castro. Activist Mario Jose Delgado said two organizers who were to deliver a set of demands to the Justice Ministry were detained Tuesday.
"Mariela Castro's work is good ... and we're not criticizing it," Aliomar Janjaque, one of the detained leaders, said last week. "But we believe they should do more."
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