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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Cairo pop concert: Egypt to reportedly conduct anal examinations on men accused of waving rainbow flag

Cairo pop concert:

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.

It's the first time that I see the rainbow flag flying in Egypt. That was so heartwarming. 🌈✨ pic.twitter.com/FdU71A0lIP

— Hitch (@amrhitch) September 22, 2017

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. 

Source: Independent.co.uk

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