Hit list out for gay supporters
An anti-gay group in Liberia distributed flyers over the weekend with a hit list of people who support gay rights, and one member of the group threatened to "get to them one by one."
The flyers mark the latest development in an increasingly hostile national debate about gay rights in this country on Africa's western coast.
Lawmakers in February introduced two new pieces of legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by possible jail time. And a vow by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last month to preserve an existing law criminalising "voluntary sodomy" prompted a statement of concern from the US State Department.
The flyers distributed over the weekend in parts of Liberia's capital were signed by the Movement Against Gays in Liberia, or MOGAL. The group said those involved in promoting gay rights "should not be given space to get a gulp of air."
"Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don't mean well for our country," the flyers read. "Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life."
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flyer. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flyer was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.