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Dozens arrested in Uganda gay-friendly bar

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

Police in Uganda say they have arrested 120 people at a bar in the center of the capital, Kampala, and are holding them for "frequenting a smoking place".

Authorities say narcotics were seized during the Sunday night operation.

Members of Uganda's LGBT community patronize at the bar which hosts a popular party on Sunday.
Patrick Onyango, the spokesperson for the Kampala Metropolitan Police, says they were not aware of any LGBT patrons.

The Ugandan government has denied that it plans to introduce new legislation targeting the LGBT community. Several members of parliament have said they will table a bill making homosexuality punishable by death.

In October, 16 men were arrested over allegations of committing unnatural sex offences under the penal code.


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