Attack at Zimbabwe Gay party leaves dozens injured

A Zimbabwean LGBT rights organization claims more than 30 people were injured when a group of men attacked them at their end-of-the-year party on Dec. 19.

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe in a press release said three vehicles at around 11:20 p.m. “forced their way” into a club near its office where the event was taking place and demanded that security personnel allow them to attend.

The group notes a man in one of the vehicles threatened the guards with a pistol after they refused to allow him inside the venue. Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe said between 12 and 15 men proceeded to enter the club and began punching those inside.

The group said the assailants attacked people with logs, iron bars and empty beer bottles. Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe in their press release further noted the men also demanded money and electronics from its members as they attacked them.

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe said more than 35 people were injured. The men also attacked five of the organization’s staffers and a female cashier who was working the bar during the party.

“Members sought refuge in a nearby bush, with some seeking refuge in private homes by way of jumping over fences and walls,” said Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe in a second press release on Dec. 21.

Zimbabwe president: Gays have no rights

Activists, the Obama administration and others in recent years have sharply criticized Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe, the country’s long-time president, over its LGBT rights record.

Mugabe in May described homosexuality as “inhuman” and said gays “have no human rights.” He told supporters during a July 2013 rally ahead of his re-election that authorities should arrest gays and lesbians who don’t conceive children.

Authorities have also frequently targeted members of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe.

Police in August 2012 arrested more than 40 members of the organization inside their office in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital. Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe claimed that authorities a few days earlier confiscated computers and pamphlets.

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe said five men with hammers “violently” entered their offices in June 2013 and disrupted a meeting that was taking place. Authorities arrested the alleged perpetrators, but prosecutors have yet to charge them in connection with the incident.

“Whilst the existence of LGBTI people in Zimbabwe cannot be disputed anymore, thanks largely to the powerful help of President Mugabe’s rhetoric, this has created a climate and culture of impunity and lawlessness as evidenced by the actions of these thuggish men to hunt down LGBTI people in our communities, vicinities and homes to inflict harm,” said Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe in their Dec. 21 press release.

The organization said it has “reason to believe” club patrons who are affiliated with Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party may have asked the men to attack its members because the venue was closed for their event. Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe said it heard reports that some of those who took part in the incident suggested the Movement for Democratic Change, an opposition party, hosted the party.

Chester Samba, director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday that those who were attacked are still filing police reports.

“We need to give the police time to investigate,” said Samba.

Gavin Reid of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, which works with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, urged Zimbabwean officials to investigate the attack and prosecute those who committed it.

“It’s the duty of the Zimbabwean government to protect and promote the rights of all its citizens and to ensure that all Zimbabweans are able to enjoy their full constitutional rights including the right to life, to personal security, to freedom of assembly and association and to freedom from torture,” said Reid.

Arkansas, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Pulaski County Courthouse, Little Rock, gay news, Washington Blade watark POLITICS Arkansas appeals marriage ruling to Eighth Circuit.

Is Jeb a kinder, more gay-friendly Bush? Supreme Court won’t halt Florida same-sex marriages Holder announces Title VII covers transgender discrimination Gay attorney confirmed to federal judiciary in Texas Court denies gender reassignment surgery to inmate.

Baltimore Pride Parade, gay news, Washington Blade watermark LOCAL Baltimore Pride moves to July.

Gray signs bill banning ‘conversion’ therapy FreeState Legal to hold will planning party Del. high school administrators ‘attack’ GSA Va. school district restroom, locker room policy challenged Bowser names lesbian as director of Dept. of Housing
Tammy Baldwin, blood donor, gay news, Washington Blade watermark NATIONAL FDA to require one-year abstinence for gay blood donors.

Elton John, Lance Bass wed longtime partners Tweets about slain officers spark controversy Anti-gay Indiana pastor arrested Gang rape prompts gay Guatemalan to seek asylum in U.S. One year after Utah, a cascade of rulings on marriage
Chester Samba, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, GALZ, gay news, Washington Blade watermark WORLD Attack at Zimbabwe LGBT party leaves dozens injured

Gambia dropped from U.S. trade program Trial of men arrested at Egyptian bathhouse begins Report: 594 LGBT people murdered in Americas during 15-month period Mariela Castro urges U.S. to end embargo against Cuba USAID administrator announces resignation.

Vincent Gray, Muriel Bowser, politics, gay news, Washington Blade watermark OPINIONS Vince Gray leaves us a stellar city

D.C. doesn’t shine for everyone Lily, we salute you! ‘Tis the season to help others Cutting holes in the law Politicians quick to vote ‘incumbent protection act’.

Share this:

Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Zakaria brings new album to Mutare

21st May 2017 Staff Reporter 0

SUNGURA virtuoso, Nicholas Zakaria has embarked on a promotional tour outside Harare to market his newly-released album, “Takakomborerwa” which features his understudies, Alick Macheso and Zakaria Zakaria. This will be the first time the veteran […]

Arts & Entertainment

Queen Vee ropes in Freeman

21st May 2017 Staff Reporter 0

R‘n’b/Pop singer Vanessa “Queen Vee” Sibanda seems smitten with the dancehall flare as another new single featuring local chanter Freeman is set for release soon. By Kennedy Nyavaya Titled Stress Free, the track was produced […]

2 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Attack at Zimbabwe Gay party leaves dozens injured | European Gospel Radio
  2. Attack at Zimbabwe Gay party leaves dozens injured | European Gospel Radio

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.