More violence in Senegal after the arrest and release of five men accused of participating in a same-sex wedding. Over the weekend, police were forced to disperse tear gas at hundreds of anti-gay protesters who rioted outside Dakar's largest mosque.
"We want homosexuals to be wiped out in this country. We will continue to fight for Senegal to become a Muslim nation," a local fisheries agent named Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye told Reuters. Another demonstrator was more blunt: "Homosexuals are not welcome in our country. They're not tolerated in Senegal."
Riot police were called after demonstrators set rubbish ablaze for several blocks "around the mosque and groups of youths shouting and protesters "spewed ugly words ugly words of violence against what they call "gorjiguene", loosely translated as "men-women." The West African nation is a predominantly Muslim country and, although only rarely enforced, homosexual acts are prohibited under Senegalese law
As reported previously on Rod 2.0. the tabloid Icone published pictures in its February edition that were apparently taken during a marriage ceremony between two men. The editor, who has been questioned by police and received death threats, said "he published the pictures to prove that an earlier article on homosexuality in Senegal was true."
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