Zimbabwe police arrest 44 in anti-gay raid

Gays and Lesbians of ZimbabweBY STEVE WILLIAMS

Forty-four gay rights campaigners were reportedly arrested in Zimbabwe during a raid over the weekend. The raid on Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) headquarters, occurred on Saturday just as the group is preparing to launch a report on persecution LGBTI Zimbabweans suffer.

A statement on the GALZ website alleges that four police officers attempted to gain entry to the building. When they were unable to do so, they then called for back-up. Later, “about fifteen riot squad members” attended the scene and forced entry into the GALZ office. The group also says: “Police assaulted most of the members using baton sticks, open hands and clenched fists before detaining them without charge.”

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