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Two Gay Men Beaten To Death By Religious Mob During Anti-Gay Rally In Haiti

Two gay men beaten to death in Haiti

According to sources in Haiti, two men who were assumed to be gay were savagely beaten to death by an angry mob during an anti-gay rally and protest led by a coalition of moral and religious organizations in Port -Au-Prince on Friday.

More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated Friday’s street demonstration to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.   The protest brought together a mix of religious groups, from Protestant to Muslim, who carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs, including one in which they threatened to burn down parliament if its members make same-sex marriage legal including one group calling itself the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations,

During the rally which was not covered by police presence, some in the crowd  armed themselves with knives (sticks, blocks and other objects) and attacked anyone which they suspected were gay.  At 1:00 PM in the afternoon, 2 men were set upon by the crowd and  were beaten to death on Jean Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, at the Iron Market.  Police did not arrive until 3 hours later.

“I believe in God, and God condemns homosexuality,” said protester Eddy Jean-Pierre, a self-described “Protestant”. “Haiti is not going to accept this, and God will punish us further if we allow this law to pass.”

 

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