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Hanoi Pride a success despite lack of state approval

Vietnam’s first pride march has seen around a hundred people on bikes and motorbikes ride in convoy through the capital and was left alone by authorities despite not having permission to go ahead.

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12th August 2012 10:04

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Around a hundred people have taken part in Vietnam’s first pride march on Sunday morning, taking the form of a convoy of brightly decorated bicycles and motorbikes in the capital city of Hanoi.

The convoy set off from the city’s National Stadium and finished 6 miles later at a downtown park.

The parade route was changed at the last minute to avoid it clashing with anti-China demonstrations in the city that were protesting over disputed territories claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.

The pride parade went smoothly despite not having official permission to go ahead – unlike the anti-China demonstrators who were dispersed by police, with around 20 people taken to a detention center.

Protestors used the march to call for an end to discrimination against LGBTs and for the legalization of same-sex marriage following comments by the country’s Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong in July that it might be time to consider the issue.

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