Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: LGBTQ Festival Canceled in Haiti amid Threats, Gov't Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: LGBTQ Festival Canceled in Haiti amid Threats, Gov't Order

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LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti

Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro- Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

The four-day Massimadi film, art and performance event was supposed to start Tuesday in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but organizers said it had to be postponed as a prominent Haitian cultural institution known as FOKAL and other co-hosts were threatened with arson and other attacks.

Capital Commissioner Jean Danton Leger confirmed that he issued an order to block the festival, telling a local radio station it was in part to protect Haiti's "moral and social" values.

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