During a speech about the nation's youth last week, the president of Gambia said he would "slit the throats" of gay people living in the country. The remarks were made in the wake of international funding cuts to the country from European nations and the United States over human rights violations. Vice News reports.
"If you do it [in Gambia] I will slit your throat," Gambia's dictator Yahya Jammeh told a crowd in the town of Farafeni during a speech about fostering a healthy atmosphere for the country's youth.
"If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you," he continued. "no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it,"
In December of 2014, the United States and the European Union cut millions in aid to the poor African nation over its terrible history of human rights violations. The Independent notes that the mostly Muslim country is now being supported by nations from the Middle East.
Jammeh's comments are the latest in a long history of violent anti-gay rhetoric from the African despot who has ruled Gambia since seizing power in a 1994 military coup.
In February 2014, Jammeh, who in the past claimed to be able to cure AIDS with natural herb remedies, vowed to fight gay people "the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively."
According to Pink News, earlier this year Jammeh said gay people "want to impose homosexuality on the globe, they are doomed."
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