Flashmob during pope’s visit to Spain
Kissing gays were captured by ElPais.com , the Associated Press and this picture was taken and distributed by Reuters photographer Gustau Nacarino. About 200 people protested against Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Barcelona, Spain, by jeering and staging a gay “kiss-in.” (a report by CBC News)
Organisers used Facebook to form the event in front of Barcelona’s cathedral Sagrada Familia. Some 1,500 people have pledged, to take part in a kiss-in event. Invitations have been sent out via the social networking site to 12,000 more.
“No placards, no flags, no shouting and no slogans. Only kissing allowed,” the Facebook page reads.
“When Benedict XVI passes in front of us we will kiss, man-to-man and woman-to-woman,” Marylene Carole, one of the organisers, told the Spanish news agency EFE.
The group’s page on Facebook has been removed multiple times by the site’s administrators for violation of the rights and responsibilities policy. In a letter to Queer Kissing FlashMob, Facebook pointed out that “prohibited conduct” according to the policy includes “creating or loading pornographic content that is pornographic, is sexually charged, or contains nudity,” “annoying other people with explicit words with sexual content” and “sending friendship requests or inbox messages that were not requested to people that one does not know.”
“You will not be able to continue using Facebook,” the company added. “This decision is definitive and cannot be appealed.”
However, after international media outlets contacted Facebook about the matter, the company backed away from its decision, claiming it was an “error.” The organization was permitted to reestablish its Facebook page, which now has thousands of participants.