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Liberian Leaflets Call for Vigilante Actions Against Gays

Jim Burroway

April 3rd, 2012

Liberia seems to be following a very familiar pattern. First, Liberia’s former first lady Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor (whose husband is being tried for war crimes in The Hague) introduced legislation making homosexuality a first degree felony, which reportedly could result in imprisonment of from ten years to life, or a death sentence at the discretion of the judge. Now fylers are being distributed in Monroeville, Liberia’s capital, by a group calling itself the Movement against Gays in Liberia (MOGAL), saying that those involved in gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air“:

“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”

No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.

“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”

Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”

…The flier distributed in Liberia warned that the group would begin taking action shortly. “Let these individuals be aware that we are coming after them soon,” the flier reads. “We urge them to also begin saying their Lord’s prayers.”

Despite President Barack Obama’s announced policy stating that respecing the basic human rights of LGBT people will become a foreign policy focus, the AP reports that the Embassy in Monrovia has kept quiet, and is wary of being seen as ““seeking to impose Western values on more conservative African societies,” according to a spokesman in Washington.

It’s an almsot perfect déjà vu, isn’t it? First you introduce a bill calling for the potential death penalty for gay people, and then you orchestrate a vigilante campaign calling for public action to hunt gay people down and kill them. Liberia appears to be following a well-worn path.

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SharonB
April 4th, 2012 | LINK

And step 3) anyone who is a rival– tribal, religious, or political– is obviously gay. So let the slaughter begin!!

MattNYC
April 5th, 2012 | LINK

But not a peep from Tony the Poodle and his “laser focus” on helping Liberia while avoiding social issues.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/19/liberia-tony-blair-anti-gay-law-video

BTW, “fylers” ???

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