Mob attacks gay rights office in I Coast
27 January 2014, 19:06
Dakar - The head of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organisation says its headquarters were "ransacked" by an anti-homosexual mob that destroyed property, stole equipment and injured a security guard.
Claver Toure said nearly 200 people took part in attacking his organisation, Alternative Cote d'Ivoire, in Abidjan on Saturday afternoon.
It followed days of threats against the group, including signs placed outside the building bearing anti-gay slurs equating homosexual men with pedophiles.
Toure criticised what he described as a deliberately slow response by security forces. An interior ministry spokesperson reached on Monday morning said he had no knowledge of the attack.
Ivory Coast is not one of 38 African countries that explicitly outlaw homosexual acts, but sexual minorities report periodic harassment from security forces and the general population.