37 arrests of allegedly LGBTQ Senegalese since September

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12/29/2020

In Senegal, an almost totalitarian atmosphere reigns in the holy city of Touba. It is patrolled by Islamist religious militias. Citizens are encouraged to denounced suspected homosexuals. The latest arrest of a young suspected gay man occurred yesterday (Dec. 28). He is the 37th person arrested in Senegal since September for his alleged sexual orientation or gender identity. The circumstances of his arrest are yet to be determined, but a video that was published online shows the alleged gay man in his twenties being attacked by a hateful, aggressive mob in Touba. He is shown being pushed around and insulted by residents of the Ndamatou neighborhood before being taken to the police station.

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