Uganda gets tough on Pride

A gay pride event in Uganda was raided by police late on Thursday night. Around a dozen organisers and gay rights activists were arrested. Hundreds of people attending the Mr and Mrs Pride Pageant were detained inside the Venom nightclub in Kampala.

Police claimed the gathering was unlawful, but organisers of Uganda’s fifth gay pride week said they asked for permission.

One young man jumped from the fourth floor of the building in fear and was hospitalised, according to the Kuchu Times, a local gay paper.

Human Rights Watch spokesperson Maria Burnett said some of those detained were beaten and “police were clearly violating rights”, while Ugandan human rights lawyer Adrian Jjuuko said this was the fourth time in three years that Ugandan police had stopped gay community events.