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Under threat, Uganda’s Pride Parade has been canceled

Under threat, Uganda’s Pride Parade has been canceled

Ugandans celebrate Pride in Kampala

Uganda’s Pride Parade scheduled for Saturday (6 August) has been canceled a day after police raided a Pride fashion show.

During the raid, LGBTI people were beaten, brutalized, arrested, sexually assaulted, trans women’s hair was forcibly cut and trans men were fondled.

The parade was to take place in Munyonyo which is outside the country’s capital of Kampala.

Ugandan LGBTI rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera wrote on Twitter: ‘It is a with a bleeding heart sad news: @Prideuganda2016 postponed as Minister vows to arrest anyone who takes part and equates us to terrorists.’

The parade’s cancellation took place after organizers met with a government official and a human rights lawyer.

‘We decided to suspend it because of the risks to personal safety,’ Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda tells BuzzFeed News.

‘The minister threatened to mobilize a mob and a large police group to beat up anyone who shows up for pride tomorrow. We will engage the government next week with a view of holding the pride parade at another date soon.’

Mugisha was among those arrested at the fashion show and on Friday said on Twitter that the Thursday police raid ‘won’t break us but make us strong.’