Gay Star News reports on a series of anti-gay attacks on Feb. 11 and 12:
A 40-strong mob attacked around 12 gay men, smashed down doors to their homes, even continuing the beatings in front of the police station
A mob beat gay men with sticks spiked with nails, tried to burn down their homes and forced them to flee their village in Nigeria.
The attacks in the previously peaceful community of Gishiri, in the capital city of Abuja, come after a month of growing tension between LGBTI people and other villagers.
An LGBTI community leader has come to GSN to describe how a gang smashed in the doors to their shared homes, dragged gay men in the street and even beat one man in front of the police station while officers looked on.
The gang was initially looking for one gay man, believed to be aged between 19 and 21 years old, but ended up targeting others, hunting them in house-to-house raids.
Now a senior police officer in the region has given the LGBTI population of the village 48 hours to flee.
The latest mob action comes after last month’s enactment of the “Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law,” signed Jan. 7 by President Goodluck Jonathan, provides for prison sentences of 10 years for Nigerians belonging to a gay organization, supporting same-sex marriages, or displaying same-sex affection in public. It also calls for up to 14 years in prison for any Nigerian who marries a member of the same sex. Those provisions are in addition to the 14-year prison sentences for homosexual activity already provided under Nigerian law.
A wave of arrests of alleged homosexuals — perhaps as many as 68 people — occurred in connection with the passage and enactment of the new law.
For more information on the latest mob violence, see the Gay Star News article “Nigerian mob beat gays with spiked sticks, force them to flee homes.”
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