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Zim gay rights organisation ransacked

07 June 2013, 07:59

Harare - Assailants on Thursday used hammers to force entry into a Zimbabwean gay rights group's offices, where they locked employees in a room and then ransacked the premises, the organisation said.

"About 20 men besieged our office, rounded up the staff, including board members in a meeting. They collected our personal property, laptops and cell phones and fled," an activist with Galz (Gay and Lesbian Association of Zimbabwe) told dpa.

In a statement on its website, the group thanked the police's "swift reaction" to the attack.

The perpetrators were being questioned by police in Harare and no one was injured, it said.

"We are not taking this incident as a random act of attempted robbery but that of youth militia acting on someone's orders," the statement continued.

Police declined a request for comment.

President Robert Mugabe has said in the past that gays are "worse than pigs and dogs”.

Attempts to enshrine gays rights in the country's new constitution, which was adopted last year, failed.

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