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Zim: Gay leader detained

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    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org By Clemence Manyukwe Gay leader Keith Goddard was detained at State House for several hours and later spent two days at Harare
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2004
      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      By Clemence Manyukwe

      Gay leader Keith Goddard was detained at State House for several hours
      and later spent two days at Harare Central Prison for breaching security
      regulations at State House recently. The incident happened on August 17
      when Goddard and two Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (Galz) members were
      found parked in their vehicle near the State House main entrance along
      Chancellor Avenue. President Mugabe holds most of the State functions at
      State House. Reasons for their presence in the high security area could
      not be established, leading to their arrest. Police spokesperson,
      Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena, confirmed the incident, but did
      not give details. He only said Goddard�s plight was caused by the fact
      that the President�s residence was a high security area and anyone caught
      behaving in a suspicious manner around there would immediately be
      investigated. Sources said the three Galz members were quizzed by State
      House security staff for more than five hours, before being taken to
      Harare Central Police Station and held for a further 48 hours. The
      sources said the trio�s attempts "to get freedom by pleading that they
      had been silly" were fruitless. President Mugabe has denounced
      homosexuals as being worse than dogs and pigs. Goddard confirmed the
      detention and arrest but he refused to give details saying he was afraid
      of reprisals. "I am not permitted to comment on that incident by the
      organisation for fear of reprisals and reprimands by the country�s
      security agents. But the use of violence to achieve an end, including
      subjugation and humiliation, is condemned in the strongest terms," said
      the Galz director, insinuating that he was assaulted.

      From The Daily Mirror, 1 September
      Source: WWW.ZwNews.Com
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