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Another Anti-Gay Attack in Jamaica

San Diego, Calif. – Another in a string of violent attacks on Jamaican gays occurred Jan. 29 in the town of Mandeville, Human Rights Watch reported Feb. 1.

A mob of 15-20 men approached a house where four males lived and demanded they leave the community because they are gay, HRW said. The attackers later broke down the door and beat and slashed the inhabitants.

Police arrived 90 minutes after being called and rescued three of the men. The fourth man fled, with the attackers in pursuit, and is feared to be dead. Blood was found at the mouth of a nearby pit, suggesting, HRW said, that the man fell into it or was killed nearby.

Two of the other three men were taken to a hospital. One had a severed left ear, spine damage and his arm broken in two places.

“This incident is the latest in a string of homophobic mob violence over
the last year,” HRW said.

“Roving mobs attacking innocent people and staining the streets with blood should shame the nation's leaders,” said Scott Long, director of the group's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program.

“Official silence encourages the spread of hate.”

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