The ongoing anti-LGBTQ crackdown in Senegal reached a new milestone yesterday with the arrest of the 37th person suspected of being part of a sexual minority.
By Moïse Manoel
In Senegal, an almost totalitarian atmosphere reigns in the holy city of Touba. It is patrolled by Islamist religious militias. Citizens are encouraged to denounced suspected homosexuals.
The latest arrest of a young suspected gay man occurred yesterday (Dec. 28).
He is the 37th person arrested in Senegal since September for his alleged sexual orientation or gender identity.
The circumstances of his arrest are yet to be determined, but a video that was published online shows the alleged gay man in his twenties being attacked by a hateful, aggressive mob in Touba. He is shown being pushed around and insulted by residents of the Ndamatou neighborhood before being taken to the police station.
Friends of the young man are reportedly being sought by religious police and others.
Souleymane Diouf (pseudonym), a spokesperson of the Free Collective, which advocated for LGBTQ rights, stated that the young man “was targeted only because of his gender identity”.
“Even at the end of 2020 and despite the daily difficulties that the Senegalese are experiencing, the Islamists are not putting an end to their homophobic assaults”, he said.
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