John M. Becker

Ethiopian Authorities Approve Major Anti-Gay Protest

Filed By John M. Becker | April 06, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Africa, Christianists, Ethiopia, hate crimes, hate violence, persecution, protests

Ethiopia-map.gifLast week, officials in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa approved plans for a major anti-LGBT protest that will be held later this month.

The Huffington Post reports:

The Addis Ababa Youth Forum (AAYF), a group linked to the ruling party in Ethiopia, in collaboration with Weyneye Abune Teklehaimanot (WAT), an Ethiopian Orthodox Church association, will hold a protest "Against Foreign Culture and Homosexuality" on the 26 April from 8 to 11 am.

The organizers stated that the aim of the protest is to alert the government and society to the "severity" of the "homosexual agenda" in the country, so that the existing antigay laws can be tightened.

The Ethiopian Reporter also stated that government officials will join the protests and carry similar demonstrations throughout the country... Both AAYF and WAT have previously alleged that "sodomite violence that is being committed against minors." WAT has also previously produced a video alleging same-sex acts are linked to the advent of the anti-Christ and "the end of the world".

According to Daniel Berhane of the Horn Affairs blog this is part of anti LGBT measures and "gay-bashing rhetoric" that are on the way, in preparation to "the run up to the election next year." Addis Ababa municipality officers are also planning to provide anti-LGBT seminars to youth across the capital to provide "awareness" on "the dangers posed to children by homosexuality."

The linkage of LGBT issues to paedophilia has been recently stepped up in Ethiopia's press that frequently publishes interviews with Evangelical anti-gay preacher, Dr. Antonious Seyoum.

Consensual same-sex sexual activity is already illegal in Ethiopia and punishable by up to 15 years in prison; lawmakers are soon expected to pass a measure that would make gay sex a non-pardonable offense.

An astonishing 97% of Ethiopians believe homosexuality should be outlawed.


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