Gambian President Threatens to Kill Gay People

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President of The Gambia Yahya Jammeh (above), who is known for hate speech directed toward gay people, has made new statements that continue to stir concern for the fate of LGBT people in The Gambia.

In the latest of a string of anti-gay comments, President Jammeh claims that people from The Gambia who are not gay “go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk…in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe.” He continues with the concerning part of his statement: “If I catch [these people] I will kill them.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time Jammeh has made hateful comments of this magnitude. In addition to the aforementioned hate speech (calling gay people “vermin”), Jammeh has made threats to homosexual citizens of The Gambia, saying ““If we catch you, you will regret why you were born.”

[h/t Towleroad]

 

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