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This is the moment a 12-year-old boy tried to stop 11,000 marching homophobes

12-year-old boy tried to stop 11,000 marching homophobes
Twitter/Manuel Rodriguez – Boy stops homophobic march in Mexico

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico marched to fight against same-sex marriage.

But one 12-year-old boy bravely stood up and said no.

The protests came after opponents of marriage equality said they would march to stop a proposal from President Enrique Peña Nieto to legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 10 of 31 states.

National Front for the Family, a coalition of homophobic, religious and conservative groups, held banners calling ‘For Life and Family’ in an attempt to pass a constitutional ban on equal marriage.

And in one city, in Celaya, around 11,000 people are reported to have marched against equality.

As the crowd marched through the city, one 12-year-old boy hoped to stop it.

‘As first I thought the child was only playing,’ Manuel Rodriguez, a photo-journalist, told Regeneration. But even after the child was removed from the road, he asked him why he did it.

‘I have an uncle who is gay,’ the child said. ‘And I hate that people hate.’

On social media, many have compared the photo to the infamous Tank Man – the single unknown protestor who stopped the path of a column of tanks the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force.


The boy too also wished to remain anonymous.

The following day after the homophobic protests, hundreds of pro-gay Mexicans marched through Mexico City to show their support for same-sex marriage.


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