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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fiji police cancel gay pride march at the last minute



SUVA (AFP) - Gay rights activists in Fiji accused police of homophobia on Thursday after the first ever planned pride march through the Pacific nation's capital was cancelled at the last minute.
Ms Roshika Deo, a trustee of rights group Oceania Pride said the group received a permit last month to hold the march on Thursday evening but police told them on the morning of the event that it had been cancelled.
'They said we cannot march today because they did not realise they had given a permit for gays to march,' Ms Deo told AFP.
The event was planned to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, following the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Fiji in 2010.

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