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Two Men Suspected of Being Gay Arrested in Gambia

This isn't the country you want to be arrested in on suspicion of being gay, considering that two weeks ago Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced that he planned to "cut off the head" of any gay person.

Thegambia_senegalThe Point reports: "The police last Friday arrested two men believed to be homosexuals, this paper has been reliably informed. The two are reported to be Spanish nationals. Pere Joan, 56, and Juan Monpserratrusau, 54, held at Kotu police station, allegedly approached two taxi drivers (names withheld) and made proposals to them. Our sources said the drivers acted quickly but secretly by immediately alerting the police, while putting up a show of interest in the advances of the culprits who were lured to a rendezvous in Manjai, where they were subsequently arrested."

International gay rights groups last week condemned Jammeh's remarks.

In February, it was reported that gays were fleeing to The Gambia from surrounding Senegal, to avoid persecution from that government.

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  1. We need to hire JOHNNY LANE (or CHURCHILL-Y, MATT, TOM and OSCAR as mercenaries to go in "Rambo Style" and get rid of that clown. Let's take up a collection. No nevermind...Hell, they do it for free.

    To live in terror because you're gay or thought to be gay. Inhuman.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 2, 2008 12:25:49 PM


  2. As the two posts shown today, homophobia in Russian and Gambia, homophobia is alive and well across the world. There just as many loons in Europe, America, Asia, and Africa.

    Today, on Huffingtonpost.com, writer Max Blumenthal has a video of the Rev Hagee stating that the anti-Christ will be a gay, part-Jew like Hitler. Hey a twofer! Homophobia and anti-Semitism.

    Posted by: noah | Jun 2, 2008 12:35:58 PM


  3. ***Sigh*** And to think that Gambia is the host country for the African Commission on Human and People's Rights...

    Yes, Derrick, CHURCHILL-Y should put all that hate to good use and travel to Africa and behead this moron!!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Jun 2, 2008 1:06:29 PM


  4. LET THE WITCH HUNT BEGIN!

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Jun 2, 2008 1:14:17 PM


  5. That news story sounds like complete propoganda, to show citizens how easy it is to turn in evil, letcherous gays roaming the streets looking for helpless taxi drivers to have the illegal sex with. THis is so sad, the world has been tipped off to what happens to gays in Gambia, no THINKING person (in this case 2 spaniards) is going to then go to that country and look for sex with other men IN PUBLIC...IN A COUNTRY THAT WILL BEHEAD YOU...the government and news media in Gambia must think gay people are so stupid. There are probably large groups of people all talking about what heros those taxi drivers are for being so brave.

    Posted by: John | Jun 2, 2008 1:33:34 PM


  6. WTF? 2 spanish nationals approached cab drivers and propositioned them in a country that is now known to be completly hostile to us??????????????

    Were these guys living in a tent in the wild for the past month without any contact from loved ones in spain let alone a warning from the spanish consulate???

    I am sadened by this if true, but at the same time I am floored .

    I could wrap my mind around a native Gambian who doesn't have the ability to leave getting caught but 2 foreign spanish nationals who by circumstance aren't forced to live there getting busted????????!!!!

    WTF?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 2, 2008 2:14:20 PM


  7. PS

    All non native born citizens of Gambia who happen to be gay, GET the F@CK out of that country for your own safety.

    Also hopefuly smuggle our less fortunate brothers and sisters ,who are nationals, out with you so they can live out and open gay lives somewhere else

    I am still scratching my head over this

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 2, 2008 2:16:30 PM


  8. Y'know? After the Uganda item and now this... I gotta say it...

    Fuck Africa.

    P

    Posted by: Phyllis Stein | Jun 3, 2008 12:42:18 PM


  9. As someone who has been to the Gambia, I know that it is an impoverished country trying to kick start its tourism industry. Their ridiculousness is really short-sighted since most tourists who can spend that kind of money support gays and lesbians. Now they will stay away in droves.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jun 5, 2008 3:27:26 PM


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