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HAITI

Gay engagement party attacked by mob in Haiti

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 2:42am

An engagement ceremony in Haiti for a gay man and his British partner ended in violence when they were attacked by dozens of people who threw makeshift bombs and rocks, police said.

Several people were injured, two cars were set ablaze and windows were smashed at the home where the ceremony took place in Port-au-Prince on Saturday.

There is no justification for this kind of attack on people in a private residence. Hopefully the justice authorities will react to the perpetrators of this act

Police arrived just in time to prevent people being killed, official, Patrick Rosarion said.

The attack on the British man, identified only as a member of the Red Cross named Max, and his Haitian partner, was a clear example of homophobia, a rights advocate said.

"This is a criminal act and homophobic," said Charlot Jeudy, an official from Kouraj (Courage), a group that defends the rights of homosexuals in Haiti.

"There is no justification for this kind of attack on people in a private residence. Hopefully the justice authorities will react to the perpetrators of this act."

The British victim did not wish to discuss the matter for fear of identifying his Haitian partner and making him more vulnerable to acts of homophobic violence.

Protestant church members in Haiti have conducted street protests in Port-au-Prince, chanting "No to gay marriage in Haiti.]".

Gay rights organisations have expressed shock at the treatment the men have received.

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