Seeking public approval, Egyptian police arrest 14 for gay sex

Published: October 14, 2013

Police in Egypt arrested 14 men last week on charges of engaging in gay sex in the working class El-Marg district of Cairo at a location that’s variously described as a medical/health center and a gym/sauna.

 
Along with the center’s “manager and specialists and workers,” the men were ordered to be detained for four days and referred to forensic authorities.
 
Activist commentator Scott Long noted that the police, who are much despised by the Egyptian population, are engaged in a campaign to improve their public image by scapegoating other widely hated groups, including foreigners and LGBTI people.
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