Uganda police blocked the country’s LGBTI community from holding its fifth annual Pride Parade yesterday.
More than 100 people tried to convene on a beach in Entebbe on Lake Victoria but were ordered back into their minibuses by police and told to leave the area, human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo told BuzzFeed News.
“The police arrived at the venue before the event organizers,” Opiyo said.
Many participants then moved to Kisubu beach, but were blocked there too.
Gay rights activist Frank Mugisha said more than 100 LGBTI people tried to participate in the celebrations in Entebbe near Lake Victoria.
But many were escorted by police back to Kampala in minibuses. …
After being blocked from entering the Entebbe resort, several dozen participants moved on to another resort but were kicked out by officers.
This is the second time the LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex] community has tried to hold gay pride celebrations in Uganda this year. In August, the authorities broke up a beauty pageant and arrested activists. [BBC]
One man was injured, many were frightened and upset by police actions, but no one was arrested.