Senegal: Prison for 8 men arrested at supposed ‘gay wedding’

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11/08/2020

A total of 24 people were arrested at the party in the Keur Gorgui section of Dakar. Of the 24, five were sentenced to six months in prison. Three were sentenced to three months. Thirteen of the remaining 16 arrestees were ordered to be released. The status of three others was not disclosed. LGBTQ+ rights activists in Senegal are exploring ways to keep the freed men safe from crowds of homophobic Islamists who have been marching in protests through Dakar. The protests have mostly expressed conservative Muslims’ anger about events in France, where President Emmanuel Macron has supported the right of free speech, including displays of caricatures of the founder of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad. In the recent past, Macron and Senegal President Macky Sall have been on friendly terms, which adds to the local Islamists’ anger.

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