Another week and another report of violent anti-LGBT attacks in Jamaica. Police in Kingston were reportedly called to disperse an angry mob that formed after a Rastafarian man attacked a woman whom he suspected of being gay ... and a male student who came to her aid.
The man started an argument with a female student he accused of making a pass at his female companion. An alleged eyewitness said a young man who attends the same school reportedly came to the aid of his fellow student. The Rasta man then turned his fiery wrath on the male student.
One man who claimed he was an eyewitness told the Observer: "Me a come from school and all of a sudden me see a Rasta man a beat a youth in a the road."
Police are at the location investigating the matter while an angry mob is waiting on the alleged attacker who was taken inside a building by cops who are interrogating him.
The attack comes at a time of heightened brutality and harassment toward Jamaica's besieged LGBT community. Two gay bars were raided in February. In December 2010, an activist with Jamaica's sole gay rights organization was found viciously stabbed to death. There have been no arrests.
The group reportedly coming to the defense of the young woman is a far cry from Jamaica's recent anti-gay mob violence. In February 2008, up to 20 men attacked the home of four gay men in Mandeville—three were seriously injured and one was killed. And in February 2007, a bloodthirsty homophobic mob of more than 2,000 chased and stoned three young gay men in Kingston. The police who were called to the scene saved the gay men from their would-be killers ... but also beat them and hurled insults.
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