Zimbabwe: 35 Injured in Attack on LGBT Group's Holiday Party

A violent attack on a holiday party thrown by an LGBT advocacy organization in Zimbabwe has left 35 injured. At least a dozen unidentified men attacked the event, which was described as a 'gay party' by local media, and hosted by advocacy group Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe. "[The attackers] were in three vehicles when they arrived and one of them produced a pistol and threatened our security team that was manning the gate for denying them access," said the group's director Chesterfield Samba. "Upon entering they started beating people using logs, iron bars, empty beer bottles and clenched fists." According to Samba, many of the victims went to the hospital for treatment of their injuries and were later released. No arrests have been made. The event was held at a private venue in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare.

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The Advocate

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