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Cuban gay rights groups march in Havana

Gay rights activists using social media organised an unauthorised march down eight blocks of one of Havana's main thoroughfares before being stopped by police.

The march on Saturday afternoon was the second by a non-governmental organisation in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That's highly unusual in a country where the only legal civil society groups are de-facto arms of the Communist government.

A handful of marchers were arrested when they attempted to push through a massive police presence and continue from the Prado boulevard onto the Malecon, the capital's famous seaside promenade.

The march was organised largely using Cuba's new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organisation cancelled a Saturday march.

© AP 2019