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Ugandan Police Halt Gay Pride Parade In Entebbe

Ugandan Police Halt Gay Pride Parade In Entebbe

More than 100  people risked jail and and also their lives as they tried to participate in the celebrations of Ugnada’s Gay Pride Parade n Entebbe, Uganda near Lake Victoria with authorities threatening to arrest the organizers of the event saying such gatherings were illegal under Uganda‘s penal code.

But many were blocked and escorted by police back to Kampala in minibuses.

After being blocked from entering the Entebbe resort, several dozen participants moved on to another resort but were kicked out of their by armed police officers also.

After being blocked from entering the Entebbe resorts, several dozen participants moved on to another resort but were kicked out by officers.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda  Simon Lokodo the minister for Ethics and Integrity had threatened to mobilize mobs to attack participants.

This is the second time the LGBT community has tried to hold gay pride celebrations in Uganda this year. In August, the authorities broke up a beauty pageant and arrested activists.

Homosexuality is a crime in Uganda, with prison sentences lasting up to 14 years.

BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Kampala that it is unclear why this event was targeted, as over the past four years celebrations have been held without much notice from the police.

 

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