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Police Interrupt Gay Pride In Dominican Republic Because Marchers Used Flag

Police in the Dominican Republic halted the Caribbean nation’s Pride march on July 1 because marchers were waving the Dominican flag, according to Gay Star News.

At the start of the event, participants were told they could not carry rainbow flags made to look like the official flag of Dominican Republic, the site of the first European settlement in the Western Hemisphere. But as video provided by rights group Imagenes Dominicanas indicates, authorities stopped the marchers again, telling them to put away legitimate Dominican flags as well.

“Nobody can keep us from using our flag in an event that is meant to defend our human rights because it would be like teling is we are not Dominicans. We are Dominicans!”, activist David Ventura told cops.

Of course the officers didn’t have a solid reason why Ventura and the others couldn’t carry the flag, so they relented. GSN reports the march concluded with an evening concert attended by hundreds of supporters.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jul 6, 2012
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  • 24 Comments
    • Aquarelle
      Aquarelle

      Gross, what is that guy wearing? Is that tank top even designer? UGGOS!!!

      Jul 6, 2012 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polyboy
      Polyboy

      Aquarelle, please crawl back inside your douche kit and stop scuzzing up space.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chip
      Chip

      I Agree. Aquarelle, please go back to la-la land, there might be designer tank tops with the word “imbecil” on them.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarelle
      Aquarelle

      @Polyboy: @Chip: I’m really shocked and hurt by the level of cyber-bullying against me. Are you guys even stopping to think about how your words affect me? What if I ended my own life? I could become the next Tyler Clementi, except that my suffering is worse than Tyler’s because I have to face bullying from my own community, which Tyler was lucky enough not to experience. I thank God that I’m a strong, courageous person who is beautiful both in the outside and inside, because otherwise I would be really hurt by your attitude towards me.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaph
      yaph

      @Aquarelle: Shut up scumbag. Just because there are no standards for discussion on the internet doesn’t mean you should trivialize people’s suffering with your stupid ramblings.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sol Invictus
      Sol Invictus

      @Aquarelle: 1/10. Too obvious. I’m sure you can do better.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • w.e.
      w.e.

      Damn, that guy really told them off good. I’m impressed. I love how the cop just stands there like a dummy.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Diego
      Diego

      I’m a right wing, catholic dominican and I have no problems with our flag being waved at a gay pride parade or gay people. I actually think that’s a good thing. All it means is that he’s proud to be dominican plus being gay is not a crime.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Diego
      Diego

      And yes that cop got owned.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bee
      Bee

      Why must you all always answer or retort back with Aquarelle don’t you guys see that she just wants attention leave her be and let her do her own thing she’s seeking attention she’s obviously a troll if you ignore trolls my dear then you know what happens they die and never come back..you should try it.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarelle
      Aquarelle

      All I said was these guys weren’t hot. I dare ONE of you queens to tell me you weren’t thinking the same thing.

      Hypocrites.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • w.e.
      w.e.

      @Bee: uh, you just replied to the troll again. think.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie
      Charlie

      @Aquarelle: You say the same thing in every article you post in. You’re just trolling and no readers on the site should have to be afflicted with your presence.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      That guy’s kinda awesome. Good for him.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • averaqe person
      averaqe person

      @Charlie: do we not have functioning brains? when you complain about the troll, the troll wins.

      Jul 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • J Stratford
      J Stratford

      @Aquarelle:

      Gosh you are a classic. Is there a way to prevent your posts from ever displaying in my browser? I am so sick and tired of you. Its no longer funny

      Jul 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Making up stuff is fun!
      Making up stuff is fun!

      Uh, can you people please talk about the fucking courageous guys being out and proud gay men in a country where obviously lots of progress still needs to be made, instead of feeding the goddamn troll?

      Jul 7, 2012 at 12:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pedro
      Pedro

      Ha ha ha! Que divertido!!!

      Jul 7, 2012 at 8:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      LMAO Aquarelle!

      I <3 your comments!

      I’m really shocked and hurt by the level of cyber-bullying against me. Are you guys even stopping to think about how your words affect me? What if I ended my own life? I could become the next Tyler Clementi, except that my suffering is worse than Tyler’s because I have to face bullying from my own community, which Tyler was lucky enough not to experience. I thank God that I’m a strong, courageous person who is beautiful both in the outside and inside, because otherwise I would be really hurt by your attitude towards me.

      Jul 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay
      Jay

      Bee STFU you’re nothing but a troll, hypocritical bigot, and you’ve shown again and again how you hate bisexuals.

      Jul 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Diego it’s an LGBT pride parade not a “Gay” Pride parade.

      The Dominican Republic is a shitty country a 3rd world shithole.

      Secondly why are people cyber bullying Aquarelle?

      Jul 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aquarelle
      Aquarelle

      Blech, I hate posts about 3rd world countries. It’s like, if I wanted to learn about poor people, I’d talk to the janitors where I work.

      Jul 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ousslander
      ousslander

      @Andrew: . If you act like a douche bag expect to called a douche bag

      Jul 9, 2012 at 9:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Blowupxeslana
      Blowupxeslana

      @Aquarelle: I would love to see u end urself. You stupid idiot.

      Jul 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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