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Morocco: Two Victims of Gay Hate Attack, Imprisoned, Freed.

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Outside the Trial a Demonstration Against Homosexuality (4th April).

This story broke a few weeks ago.

A Moroccan court has convicted one man and is trying a second for homosexual acts, after a group of youths attacked and brutalized them on the night of March 9, 2016. The youths broke into the home of one of the men in the city of Beni Mellal, beat them, and dragged them naked onto the streets.

The case attracted international attention when a video clip appeared online on March 25, showing two men cowering naked, one of them covered in blood, being beaten, kicked, and dragged outside, while anti-gay slurs and “Call the authorities!” – apparently uttered by the assailants – can be heard on the soundtrack.

“Beaten, bloodied, and pushed naked into the street, and then sent to prison for your private life,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director. “This verdict will discourage victims from seeking justice and increase the likelihood of homophobic crimes.”

In March 15, the Beni Mellal Court of First Instance convicted one of the victims, A.B., for “acts of sexual deviancy with a person of the same sex,” under penal code article 489, and “public drunkenness.” The defendant, who according to his police statement had waived his right to legal counsel, was sentenced to four months in prison and a 500 dirham (US$52) fine and remains in prison. The same court that day convicted two of the attackers for assault and sentenced them to suspended two-month sentences.

Libération reports today that after spending 26 days in Prison the two victims have finally been released.

Homosexuality in Morocco is punished by six months to three years in gaol.

Two of the attackers have been discharged, two others who had been sentenced to two months suspended sentences have now been sent respectively to to four and six months. A fifth attacker, who is a minor, will be judged on the 20th of April.

The case drew international attention when a video appeared of the two men, their faces covered in blood, being dragged by their attackers along the street (La vidéo insoutenable de l’agression homophobe d’un couple homosexuel).

On Monday members of the group Femen appeared and attempted to demonstrate, with bare chests. “«Alors qu’une centaine de personnes manifestaient en défense des agresseurs homophobes, Femen est venu dénoncer l’homophobie d’Etat au Maroc», indique un communiqué des Femen qui réclame la libération des personnes «emprisonnées du fait de leur simple orientation sexuelle». While a hundred people have showed up to defend the homophobic attackers, Femen has come to denounced State homophobia in Morocco, they indicated in a communique, who demanded the people imprisoned for their sexuality be freed.

 Femen protesters arrested.



Written by Andrew Coates

April 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

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  1. For more on the situation for LGBT in Morocco see 76 Crimes https://76crimes.com/tag/morocco/

    From there an interesting fact, in polling of attitudes towards gay people in Africa Morocco is not at the bottom. 1 in 6 people in Morocco polled said they were tolerant.

  2. No surprise that it’s left up to Femen, the bane of the regressive left, to speak up for these men’s rights. Good on them, and fuck the western left which routinely makes excuses for Islamist scum.

    I’m surprised Corbyn hasn’t invited the attackers to the House of Commons for tea.


    April 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  3. Christ, Lamia, give it a rest. You’re as bad as the neo-Stalinists.


    April 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

  4. Lamia, the first people sticking up for them are Moroccan LGBT activists, then their Western and Arab supporters, whether LGBT or human rights groups. Femen, here, are a loud afterthought and may do more harm than good – I doubt they asked the locals before showing up. But Global South LGBT are kindof used to loud Westerners showing up and demonstrating how radical they are, then pissing off, without one thought for the consequences.

  5. I agree that people who play with the politics of these countries, where those who live there risk prison, torture, and death, are hard to tolerate.

    There is also the sad story about Femen and Amina Tyler from Tunisia to begin with.


    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

  6. There’s also the opposite case, where Westerners do show up and work with the local activists but then get slagged off by other Westerners for being ‘colonialist’, ‘Orientalist’ or something (see recent Peter Tatchell experience).

  7. I suppose you can’t win in the eyes of some people still recycling a kind of hand-me-down Fanon.

    But from what I’ve heard these things can be a problem – think of those who simply set off to help migrants at Calais, without the slightest idea of what it’s really like there – which is not too pleasant.

    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

  8. @ Makhno,

    Over the past decade or so, not just the far left but Labour politicians such as Ken Livingstone and Corbyn have gone out of their way to embrace and make excuses for Islamists who advocate killing gay people.

    You would evidently rather that the left was not criticised for this shitty behaviour. Tough shit. It gets what it deserves. If people on the left don’t like hearing about it, they ought to do something about it – indeed they ought to have done something about it years ago.


    April 13, 2016 at 7:29 pm

  9. “…ceterum censeo Jeremiem Corbynum esse delendam…”


    April 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm

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