Egypt ‘to conduct anal examinations on men accused of waving rainbow flag at Cairo pop concert’

Egypt ‘to conduct anal examinations on men accused of waving rainbow flag at Cairo pop concert’

[Ed. – For those who think gays are persecuted here.]

Egypt is likely to conduct torturous and disproven anal examinations on six men accused of waving rainbow flags at a pop concert, charities have warned.

The men are charged with “debauchery” and “promoting sexual deviancy”, amid a crackdown on homosexuality, supported by the country’s religious and media establishment.

They were arrested by security forces following a concert in Cairo by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Laila, where several of the gay pride flags were waved by audience members.

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The band’s lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay and some of the band’s lyrics talk about sexuality.

Mashrou’ Laila said the Cairo show was one of their best ever but they have now reportedly been banned from playing in the country. They have previously been banned from playing in Amman, Jordan for similar reasons.

After the show, LGBT-rights group, Rainbow Egypt, thanked the band for “making us all feel so happy with this little victory”.

Same-sex relationships are strongly disapproved of across the Middle East and North Africa, with gay men routinely arrested, sometimes through entrapment on dating apps. They are often subjected to forced anal examinations.

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