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"Crush gay vermin" says Gambian Pres

Thu 26 Jun 2014 In: International News View at Wayback

President Yahya Jammeh Gambia has proposed a bill to ban all gay people and charities from the nation, as its President says gay people are “vermin” that should be crushed like mosquitoes. Gay sex is already illegal in Gambia, with the criminal code punishing consensual sexual acts between men with 14 years in prison. In 2005, the law was updated to include women. A bill to “strengthen Gambian culture” has been submitted to Parliament which Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally says is an attempt “to ward off attempts to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes”. He says “Gambia will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid.” President Yahya Jammeh has declared a ‘war’ on gay rights and has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos. “We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them,” he’s said. “As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.”     

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First published: Thursday, 26th June 2014 - 9:11am

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