Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tanzania's Gay Witch-hunt

A Tanzanian governor has announced the creation of a surveillance squad dedicated to hunting down gay people.
Paul Makonda, governor of the economic capital Dar es Salaam, told reporters round-ups would begin next week. The team will scrutinise social media in order to track down and arrest people in same sex couples, he added. Makonda said he expected international criticism for the move, but added: "I prefer to anger those countries than to anger God."
Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania, where anti-gay rhetoric has been on the rise since President John Magufuli's election in 2015. Many gay, lesbian and transgender people are forced to hide their sexuality as a result. HIV clinics have also been forced to close after being accused of promoting homosexuality.

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