Uganda gay pride postponed after minister threats

The United States slapped sanctions on Uganda after it introduced tough anti-gay laws in 2013, which included life imprisonment for homosexualsA gay pride parade in the Ugandan capital planned for the weekend has been postponed after a government minister was accused of saying mob attacks on participants would be their own fault. Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo told AFP that minister of ethics and integrity Simon Lokodo told him ordinary citizens would be “mobilised to defend the moral values of Uganda” and that “if participants were to be beaten by a mob” they would have “brought it upon themselves”. Organisers said they had postponed the event — which was held last year — following the apparent threat, reportedly made at a meeting between the organisers’ lawyer and a police representative.

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