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Issue No. 2316

Ugandan LGBT march defies the police

Almost 100 people joined the first LGBT Pride march in Uganda in east Africa, despite homosexuality being illegal there.

The event was held in the city of Entebbe. Police arrested three people. Activist Frank Mugisha said, “Next time we begin the march from the police station.”

Holding the march at all took considerable courage as coming out in public still carries a risk of intense persecution. Despite this the British government continues to try to deport gay people to Uganda.

Last week it tried to send Eddie Mubiru back, despite the fact that he had been arrested and had his house burned down for being gay. To support Eddie contact the Movement for Justice at [email protected]

The government is also attempting to deport Ediage Valerie Ekwedde to Cameroon, where he has faced persecution. Email [email protected]

Fierce battle over Zambia’s wage law

Workers in Zambia, southern Africa, are striking to force bosses to pay the new minimum wage. Workers building Zambia Air Force houses in the capital Lusaka have downed tools.

And more than 2,000 workers at York Farm, a leading producer of fresh vegetables and flowers in Lusaka, stopped work two weeks ago.

The minimum wage was a promise made by the Patriotic Front Party in its successful election campaign last year. Some workers would see their wages triple under the rules.

The law came into force on 4 July. But big employers are resisting and have boycotted meetings organised to discuss the law. Miners at Mamba Collum coal mine killed a supervisor earlier this month in anger at the delays.

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Tue 14 Aug 2012, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2316
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