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Police raid pride event in Uganda, make arrests

Police raid pride event in Uganda, make arrests

Police raid pride event in Uganda.

A Pride event in Uganda has been raided by police and arrests have been made.

The raid occurred Thursday (4 August) during the Mr and Miss Pride pageant where all attendees were rounded up.

Police said the gathering is illegal since homosexuality is a crime in Uganda, according to Kuchi Times.

One person being rounded up jumped off a building reportedly to escape police brutality and is fighting for their life at the Mulago hospital.

Uganda is one of 73 countries around the world where being LGBTI can cost you your freedom or your life.

Same-sex activity has been illegal in Uganda between men since 1894, and between women since 2000.

A 2013 Pew study from 2013 showed that 96% of Ugandans do not think their society should accept homosexuality.

The group All Out launched a crowdfunding campaign in June to help fund Uganda Pride. More than 2,500 individual donors from around the world contributed and secured the $20,000 needed for the event.

Pride Uganda tweeted late Thursday: ‘Thanks to every one who has stood in solidarity with us.’