NAIROBI, Kenya — A widely publicized protest — which would’ve involved “5,000 totally naked protestors” ambushing President Barack Obama’s arrival in Kenya — has been cancelled.
The event was organized by Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto, who condemns Obama’s “aggressive support” for gay rights and devised the protest so the President could “see and understand the difference between a man and a woman.”
Kenyan newspaper The Star first reported the cancellation of the event, which was scheduled to take place in the Uhuru Park at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and again today. Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala told the paper the protest was “postponed” and that he “was forced to cancel it in a 2 a.m. phone call.”
Kidada had been expecting “1,000 women and 4,000 men” to attend — many of them sex workers who fear work will dry up if homosexuality is legalized in Kenya.
He alleges the national security committee strongly cautioned against the protest, saying it was akin to “a terror attack.”
In Kenya, homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years of imprisonment.