The Catholic Church in Mauritius on Wednesday condemned the blocking of Saturday's gay pride parade in the capital Port Louis by hostile Muslim protesters. "Regardless of one's moral beliefs about homosexuality, we would like to express our indignation at the way a LGBT parade that had police permission was obstructed by illegal protesters," said Cardinal Maurice Piat, Bishop of Port Louis, in a statement. On Saturday, the Rainbow Collective, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, attempted to hold a Pride parade in downtown Port Louis, attracting around 200 people. But when a group of Muslim Mauritians waving placards with anti-gay slogans gathered for a prayer meeting nearby march organisers decided to cancel their event fearing clashes. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth also condemned the illegal religious gathering.
June 6 / 24Ghana