Uganda Police Will Arrest Gay Pride Organizers

Authorities are operating under instructions from anti-LGBT cabinet minister Simon Lokodo.

A Ugandan official says police will arrest activists if they go through with plans to hold a Pride parade this weekend in the capital city of Kampala.

Simon Lokodo, a cabinet minister in charge of ethics and integrity, made the announcement in a statement Wednesday:

The organizers of the planned Gay Parade on Saturday September 24 are advised to stop their activities immediately or otherwise they will be arrested and prosecuted in the courts of law. The public is called upon to refrain from joining and participating in Gay activities.

We wish to emphasize that whereas the promotion of homosexuality is criminalized under the Penal Code, there is no violence against the LGBT community in Uganda – contrary to some claims made loosely by proponents of this movement.

Though Lokodo claims there is "no violence" aimed at LGBT Ugandans, there is plenty of documented evidence that suggests otherwise.

Just last month, Tokodo advised police to violently raid a Ugandan Pride celebration and arrest an 8-year-old girl on suspicion of "lesbianism." He also alleged that young school children were being recruited by the West to turn their classmates gay.

Below, one activist describes the situation for LGBT people in the country.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill—which called for offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison—was struck down by the country's Constitutional Court in 2014, though homosexuality is still illegal.

h/t: Fox News

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