Ivory Coast: Activists under attack by anti-gay mobs

Published: January 24, 2014

An angry mob this week shouted death threats, hurled rocks and garbage, and protested outside the new home of three LGBT rights activists who had just moved into an upscale neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

 
Alternative Cote d’Ivoire, an advocacy group that fights for LGBT rights and against AIDS, reported that police intervened on Jan. 20 before the mob could hurl Molotov cocktails that they were preparing.
 
Police escorted the men  to safety, but the local police chief told them the next day to move out of the neighborhood, the group said.
Bags of garbage were dumped outside the home of LGBT rights activists in Ivory Coast. (Photo courtesy of Alternative Cote d’Ivoire)
Bags of garbage were dumped outside the home of LGBT rights activists in Ivory Coast. (Photo courtesy of Alternative Cote d’Ivoire)
 
On Jan. 21, death threats and angry protests resumed outside the home, so the Alternative CI executive director, Claver Touré, and staff members Marc Arthur Able and Béranger Gadié slept at the Alternative CI office, 200 meters away, because they were afraid to return home.
 
On the night of Jan. 22, that office was vandalized. In the morning of Jan. 23, about 20 youths threw rocks at the office for more than a half-hour.
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