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Police Rough-Up Gay Activists at Lima, Peru Kiss-In

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Police broke up and assaulted a group of approximately 15 gay activists who were holding a kiss-in on Saturday in the Plaza de Armas de Lima in front of the Cathedral of Lima, in Lima, Peru.

El Comercio reports (rough translation):

According to (fellow activist Mary) Vargas, an activist named Alicia Parra was injured when police caned her head and she needed ten stitches, while six others sustained bruises.

All of them have filed complaints against for police abuse, though many of them refused identification.

This was the third time the Mohl (El Movimiento Homosexual de Lima) organized its "Besos against homophobia", and the first in which the police used violence to disperse. There is currently is an open political debate in the country about the possibility of civil unions for homosexuals.

Watch video of the police dispersing the activists, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Video with translation courtesy of Andrés Duques at Blabbeando.

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  1. Thanks for sharing and keeping us up to date on the struggles that LGBT folks face around the world. Throughout Latin America society has been shifting to be more open and tolerant of the LGBT community. Hopefully Peru will move towards providing greater protections of LGBT individuals and recognize their relationships.

    Posted by: gayermo | Feb 14, 2011 1:59:17 PM


  2. Sadly, as in most of the third world countries, the police is the one that impose their one rules and people must abide and not the other way around. Laws –is in fact they are in place- are just for formal occasions. It’s very unusual for a policeman to get accountable for his wrongdoings.
    Also, as in most of the third world countries, economic problems –mother of many other tribulations, make the human rights of the minorities a lesser need if at all.
    Gays are taken into public consideration when they need a scapegoat or as a token of –false- moral decadence, very convenient to cover the real ones.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Feb 14, 2011 2:18:36 PM


  3. Latino culture rears it's ugly macho homophobic head.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 14, 2011 6:28:48 PM


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