Wednesday's HOT MIC
More than 100 gay men reportedly sent to "prison camps" in Russia's republic of Chechnya.
Gay men are being held in “camps” in the Chechen Republic where they are subjected to torture and beatings, human rights campaigners have claimed.
The claims follow reports last week that 100 gay men had been rounded up and imprisoned in Chechnya, with at least three people allegedly murdered. The allegations were made by a Russian newspaper and human rights campaigners. “In Chechnya, the command was given for a ‘prophylactic sweep’ and it went as far as real murders,” independent newspaper Novaya Gazetaclaimed.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov's spokesman denied these claims, sayign that no one in Chechnya is homosexual. "You cannot arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic," Alvi Karimov said. "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return."
Wait, the government's defense is that if gay people existed, their families would kill them? Oh yeah, the republic is 95 percent Muslim. And liberals still say Muslims in the Middle East aren't anti-gay...