Po­lice stop gay pride parade

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Emer­gency per­son­nel stand in front of an en­trance to the Cas­cade Mall where five per­sons were killed by a gun­man last Fri­day. EN­TEBBE, (AP): UGAN­DAN PO­LICE yes­ter­day pre­vented or­gan­is­ers from hold­ing a gay pride parade on the or­ders of a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter who said such an event is il­le­gal.

Po­lice blocked or­gan­is­ers from stag­ing the event at two lo­ca­tions out­side the Ugan­dan cap­i­tal, Kam­pala, said Frank Mugisha, a gay-rights leader in Uganda.

More than 100 LGBT peo­ple turned up for the event at a beach on Lake Vic­to­ria. Most were later or­dered into minibuses and es­corted by po­lice to Kam­pala, ap­par­ently for ques­tion­ing, and Mugisha claimed that was the rea­son one young man jumped off a mov­ing minibus and in­jured him­self, Mugisha said.

“They are trau­ma­tised,” Mugisha.

The LGBT peo­ple who had trav­elled in the minibuses were later set free, he said.

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is a crime in Uganda, as in many African coun­tries. said

In Au­gust, Ugan­dan po­lice briefly ar­rested about 20 peo­ple at­tend­ing a gay pride event at a night­club in Kam­pala.

Fol­low­ing that raid, Mugisha and his col­leagues de­cided to post­pone the pride parade un­til Septem­ber.

CON­DEMN­ING PUB­LIC AC­TIV­I­TIES

Last Wed­nes­day, Si­mon Lokodo, the Ugan­dan min­is­ter in charge of ethics and in­tegrity, is­sued a strong state­ment con­demn­ing pub­lic ac­tiv­i­ties of ho­mo­sex­u­als and urged the po­lice to ar­rest them if they went ahead with the parade.

In 2009, a Ugan­dan law­maker in­tro­duced a bill that pre­scribed the death penalty for some ho­mo­sex­ual acts, say­ing he wanted to pro­tect Ugan­dan chil­dren. The pro­posed bill prompted in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion.

A less se­vere ver­sion of the bill passed by law­mak­ers was re­jected by a Ugan­dan court as un­con­sti­tu­tional.

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