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Two men beaten to death during Haiti anti-gay demonstration

Saturday, July 20, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Two men, assumed to be gay, were beaten and killed on Friday during an anti-gay protest in Haiti led by religious organizations.

According to one Haitian newspaper, some protestors, who shouted anti-gay marriage slogans and homophobic slurs, were also armed with knives, sticks, blocks and other objects, and attacked several people they accused of being gay.

Dieu Nalio Chery, AP
A protester holds up a bible as he chants anti-gay slogans during an protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, July 19, 2013.


Dieu Nalio Chery, AP
A protester holds a sign that reads in Creole “No! No! Homosexual” at an anti gay demonstration in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, July 19, 2013.

The two unidentified men were said to have been beaten to death around 1 p.m. at the Iron Market on Jean Jacques Dessalines Boulevard in Port-Au-Prince.

According to The Sentinel, a local newspaper, their bodies were still lying on the ground around 4 p.m., when it received the information.

It is not clear if officers of the Police Nationale d’Haiti were monitoring the protests, but sources said the police arrived on the scene to control the situation but that the violence had already taken place.

Various faith groups brought protestors together from Protestanst to Muslims, threatening to burn down parliament if lawmakers legalized a planned proposal by a Haitian gay rights group to allow same-sex marriage.

In one interview caught on camera, protestors responded to a question about what they would do if gay people asked for equal rights, stating: “We’ll kill them, we’ll destroy them because we don’t need that in our country.”

“We don’t want the question of gay people/homosexuals we want a man and a woman. Gay people will curse our country and we already have curses,” the protestor said.

Haiti’s gay and lesbian community is small and has long kept a low-profile because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment. Gay rights groups in Haiti say that members of the country’s LGBT community often don’t report rights violations to authorities out of fear of reprisal.

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  1. So sickening..May God rest their souls…

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:51pm
  2. So this is what radical right religions teach? So very wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:51pm
  3. This is why we need a global government and enforcement of human rights and other laws equally, otherwise the world will not be equal for a long time.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:54pm
  4. hate is hate

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:57pm
  5. Shame on Haiti. I think that we need a world wide enforcement of human rights.. No rights . No funds!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:57pm
  6. thats really sad to think they gotten beat for being gay no one should judge but god

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:00pm
  7. Terrible! So many LGBT persons went to help after the disaster and this is how they act? Terrible

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:00pm
  8. Both Haiti and Dominican Republic are hate grounds. They will never get a dime from me the next time a hurricane rips through there. Let them rot.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:02pm
  9. I´m not going over there. I already knew how much afro-caribbeans in general hate sexual minorities. I´ve had many experiences in the Bay Area with these people. They are violent and they hate gay and transgendered people. There may be a few who don´t but violent anti gay and transgendered feelings are common among these people. I know there are people who aren´t going to like some of what I said but it´s true. Dangerous place the caribbean is as Master Yoda might put it. If you go on vacation stay at your resort or close to it.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:07pm
  10. Monsters

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:09pm
  11. Primitive primates

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:11pm
  12. Haiti, a place almost as welcoming as Texas.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:27pm
  13. “Primitive primates?” I am gay, and what they are doing is primitive and hateful and hurtful and downright wrong. But that is a truly racist comment. “Hate is hate”….remember that. Whether it is racial or sexual preference, hate is hate. And you seem to have some hateful thoughts of your own.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:44pm
  14. cut all aid then..

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:45pm
  15. There are black gays fighting for their rights there too…are they “primates”? Your comment was shameful, as are the people that “liked” it.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:48pm
  16. Why are we taking this out on the entire country of Haiti? Why when this happens in a state there are always people who go “But they´re not all like that” or when it happens in Europe we assume it´s just a fringe, but the minute it happens in Haiti or an African country, we associate it with the entire country.

    Clearly the country of Haiti can´t be as bad as these extremists seeing as they have a law being presented to legalize gay marriage – that´s more progressive than half of the states in our country, and that´s happening in a developing country.

    Responding to heterosexism with racism is abhorrent, and all the people here demonizing an entire country for the actions of a small percentage of them are just as bad as the people who judge our community based on a small percentage. Don´t be that person who demands freedom but then criminalizes entire cultures.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:50pm
  17. …because the people of Haiti have nothing better to do with their time. Sad. And pathetic.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:12pm
  18. Fuck religion.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:21pm
  19. Jesus put NO limits on his command to love God and your neighbor. Religion is not necessarily bad; what some do in the name of a Church often is. And the two beaten to death were THOUGHT to be gay–were they? May never know; hate doesn´t care.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:44pm
  20. That was VERY Christian!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:55pm
  21. Yay Jesus!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
  22. The entire Western Caribbean is a hair´s breadth from being just like this.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:04pm
  23. I already knew that Haiti was backward. I am just learning that it is a smelly rotten heap.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:38pm
  24. no more aid

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:47pm
  25. see what happens when religion go´s wild :-(

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:53pm
  26. This angers me, when is this crap going to stop, geeeez. I think people should start getting pepper spray to protect themselves. Something seriously needs to be done about this hate because I don´t think much is being done right now.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:09pm
  27. …and Jesus cried.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:37pm
  28. … NO-more-U.S. Foreign Aid!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:53pm
  29. terrible

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:55pm
  30. ignorant country ignorant people

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:03pm
  31. This stuff truly is sickening… why the hell do people who claim to be “Christian” harass, bash, and kill others just because they go against their so called “beliefs”? Isn´t Christianity supposed to be about LOVE and not hate? >_>

    On a side note… I just have to say and ask this… why the hell does this stuff seem to happen more to Gay Men, Bi Men, and Trans Women than anyone else in the LGBT community? I mean, I´m not saying Lesbians, Bi women, and Trans Men don´t face this crap… and I´m certainly not saying I wish they would, but wtf? Why does it seem like Gay Guys, Bi Guys, and Trans Girls are more likely to be beaten and killed!? The majority of LGBT hate crimes seem to be against them… wtf?

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:13pm
  32. Pull all of our humanitarian aid right now. I say that should go for ALL countries that we send aid to who violate human rights. There should also be an embargo. The people will not rise up to change their government if we support them.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:36pm
  33. Come on Haiti….don´t disappoint me, I´m still going to be out and proud when I´m there on trip #19 next month. If I´m killed for being who I am then so be it…Equality for all ♥

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:03pm
  34. thats terrible and they were religious

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:21pm
  35. Prayers for equality and peace.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:52pm
  36. hunger is the number one factor in Haiti but they have so much hate i n their hearts wow

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:02am
  37. That´s horrible!

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:05am
  38. Well, I want to say so much right now but this makes me so speechless. How Christian of them comes to mind…

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:11am
  39. It is not God that hate humans, but fucking humans who hate and kill each other because of differences. Shame and utter shame.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:25am
  40. ScUmBaGs!!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 1:29am
  41. :´(

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:57am
  42. If only something could be done about the senseless violence there.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:58am
  43. Linny Bear have you seen this

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:59am
  44. What we can do is stop visiting Haiti and stop giving them aid.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:07am
  45. @Liam You can not punish an entire country for the actions of a few people. Otherwise no one would be able to help anyone in need.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:15am
  46. @James: No, but you CAN force their govt to protect ALL its citizens & start legislating gay rights in places like this where they´re clearly needed.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:20am
  47. Haitians are as bad as people in Uganda.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3:43am
  48. les haïtiens se disent chrétiens! c´est ça être chrétien ?

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 7:56am
  49. Haiti sounds a lot like Hell to me…………

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:30am
  50. Well Haiti may be your hell, but its many such as myself …freedom land. Being gay is not something that many cultures are first open to until this day. It is over time, gradual time that change come. This is undoubtedly a sad story of ut Haiti and Uganda and many other countries respond differently. As far as not giving Haiti aid out of your own pocket can never solve the issue sir and Im sorry you believe that.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 10:27am
  51. Down with religious fundamentalism! Go preach your hatred for human being somewhere else – and while u at it, take the god of hate that you worship, with you! My God loves.

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 4:24pm
  52. Nazi!

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:24pm
  53. :(

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:42pm
  54. Horrible what ignorance makes in the name of God

    Posted on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:04pm