Tanzania Launches Witch Hunt To Arrest Gay People

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, is starting an anti-gay surveillance squad to crack-down on homosexuality, which is illegal.

Paul Makonda, the regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, is ordering citizens to report gay individuals to the squad via a phone hotline. They started arresting people Monday.

In Tanzania, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 30 years in prison, according to NPR.

“As we take this stand, do not tell us about human rights," Makonda said. "There is no right to go against creation written on any religious books. Keep your laws. Being gay is not allowed here in Dar es Salaam."

Makonda said in a tweet that 100 gay people have already been reported to the task force, consisting of police, psychologists, and other Tanzanian officials.

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