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Thousands Of People Marched For Pride In South Africa For The First Time Since COVID-19 Despite Terror Attack Warning

Thousands of people took part in the first Pride march in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday Oct. 29, celebrating the LGBTQ community despite a US terror attack warning in the city.
Thousands of people took part in the first Pride march in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday Oct. 29, celebrating the LGBTQ community despite a US terror attack warning in the city.

The warning was advising Johannesburg city to avoid public gatherings during the weekend, but it did not mention the Johannesburg Pride specifically.

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A woman wearing a rainbow skirt marches during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

Lethuxolo Shange, a 24-year-old doctor attending in the Pride march, told Reuters that it was not the first time they [Queer people] had been threatened, “so we are not going to let people terrorize us”.

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Two men pose for a photo during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of people marched, sang and danced on the streets to celebrate for Pride for the first time in two years.

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People walk in the streets during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

Due to the possibility of the terror attack, police officers were seen patrolling the parade on the day of celebration.

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People walk in the streets during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

The first Johannesburg Pride march was held 33 years ago.

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People walk in the streets during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2006, South Africa legalized same-sex marriage, and it remains the only African country to have done so.

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People walk in the streets during the Johannesburg Pride Parade on October 29, 2022 in Johannesburg. (Photo by GUILLEM SARTORIO/AFP via Getty Images)
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