Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has
threatened to slit the throats of gay men.
Jammeh is quoted by Vice
News as making the threat during a rally last week in the
town of Farafeni.
“If you do it [in Gambia], I will
slit your throat,” Jammeh said. “If you are a man and want to
marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever
set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”
The threat is just the latest example
of Jammeh's homophobia.
“Homosexuality is anti-God,
anti-human, and anti-civilization,” he said in 2013. “Homosexuals
are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why
you are born. I have buffaloes from South Africa and Brazil and they
never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not
compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic
rights. We will not allow gays here.”
In 2008, he warned that he would “cut
off the head” of gays found in his country.