Police in Bangladesh stormed a community center outside the capital of Dhaka early Friday and arrested 27 men. Their crime? They’re suspected of being gay.
Zahangir Hossain Matobbar, the commander of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, told the Associated Press that the suspects — mostly students between the ages of 20 and 30 — were arrested at the community center where they apparently gathered every two months to “stay overnight for partying.” A different RAB spokesman told Agence France-Presse that the men had been arrested “for homosexuality” and that it had not yet been determined how they would be formally charged.
A nascent gay rights movement that included pride rallies and the country’s first LGBT magazine, Roopbaan, crashed to a halt last year, when one of its founders, 35-year-old Xulhaz Mannan, a USAID official, was hacked to death by suspected Islamist extremists. Read more via Washington Post