Egypt: Rainbow LGBT flag at Cairo concert leads to several arrests

On Sept 26, 2017 DW reported: Police have detained seven people for allegedly raising a rainbow flag at a rock gig in Cairo. They have been charged with promoting homosexuality despite it not being an offense under Egyptian law.

Mashrou Leila playing to Cairo crowd, rainbow flag visible (picture-alliance/dpa/B.Schwinghammer)

Egyptian authorities arrested seven people on Monday, who they accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality, according to officials who did not want to be named as they had not been authorized to speak to the media.

The officials said the seven people arrested were responsible for raising the rainbow flag at a gig by popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila. They have apparently also been charged with “public indecency” and “inciting immorality among young people.”

Read much more at: Egypt: Rainbow LGBT flag at Cairo concert leads to several arrests | News | DW | 26.09.2017

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