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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Friday, 18 March 2005

Arrests at Saudi 'gay wedding'

The Guardian is reporting that 110 men have been arrested at a "gay wedding" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, of whom 80 were released and the other 30 faced charges in a Jeddah court last Wednesday (reporting from Al-Wifaq).

The article refers to a similar incident last year in Medina, which I wrote about at the time, in which Al-Jazeera reported that two Chadians and 50 others had been arrested at what was suspected to be a 'gay marriage'.

Homosexuality is definitely not an unknown phenomenon in the Kingdom (I speak from personal experience), but it has evidently become a much more dangerous activity in recent years. These arrests are just additional symptoms, I am afraid, of the conundrums which face Saudi society generally.

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