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Commissioner promises to arrest Gay Pride Festival, “MassiMadi”

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Government Commissioner of Port-au-Prince, Jean Danton Léger, said Monday morning that he had taken a decision to ban the gay and lesbian festival called MassiMadi but would not officially notify the event organizers, Kouraj of the decision of the prosecution.

“The prosecution did not receive any correspondence announcing the festival and we did not see it fit to warn the organizers of our decision to ban it,” said the chief prosecutor of Port-au-Prince, saying he was ready to arrest in flagrante delicto, the “festival” in any place where the event was to be held.

Léger denounced practices that can undermine social morality and public order, saying there is no law authorizing the “marriage for all”.

The government commissioner, however, said that he recognizes that everyone has the right, in the name of individual freedom, to dispose of his body as he pleases and to choose their sexual orientation, provided he does not harm public morality.

The MassiMadi festival, the first of its kind in Haiti, was being organized in order to promote proclaimed gay rights in Haiti, according to Charlot Jeudy the founder of Kouraj, a gay rights organization.

The announcement of such a festival has given rise to all sorts of rumors, some pus implausible than others, among others, those wanting the festival were preparing to parade scantily clad and to engage in unprecedented exhibitions.

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About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.