Gay Star News reports that two men have been thrown in jail and fined 500 dirhams (roughly $135) following an antigay mob attack in July against a feminine gender non-confirming person in the Moroccan city of Fez.
In a video posted last month, the victim is punched and hit by a group of individuals who remain unidentified. Attempting to flee the crowd, the victim is forced to the ground and repeatedly struck and kicked in the head — one thug uses a motorcycle to attack the victim — until clearly about to lose consciousness altogether.
The victim manages another escape attempt, runs towards a market, and is shielded by a police officer, who draws his gun and points it up in the air to quell the violent crowd. Reports indicate that glass bottles were hurdled at the officer that led the victim to relative safety.
The video made shockwaves when it first circulated in Morocco, with many lambasting the “barbarity” of the attack.
In Morocco, homosexual acts are still punishable for up to three years in prison. The country’s laws don’t recognize transgender people, and they could theoretically be punished under that law.
h/t: Gay Star News