Police were called in to the village of Green Mountain to safely escort a group of men who had been trapped inside a house by an angry mob after they had been accused of trying to “spread” their homosexuality to local youth.
According to a video posted by Jamaican LGBT News, on August 22, the village turned against one of the men for making comments that “gravely concerned” them:
As the story spread like wild fire throughout the community, the residents [sic] annoyance spilled over, the five (5) men and a vehicle belonging to them were barricaded. The five (5) men were rescued and escorted out of the community by police.
“We have young youth growing up, and what they (gays) want to do is take them and put them in a different direction,” said one riled-up resident. “When we can bear the hunger and don’t stoop to certain level, the youth really cannot do that. That is what really started all of this.”
It’s unclear what the comments were that gravely concerned the mob, but they cheered as police escorted the gays out of their community.
Anti-gay sentiment in Jamaica remains high as the island nation is still one of the 78 countries in which homosexual acts are illegal. Just last month, a transgender teen was “chopped and stabbed to death” by an angry mob after they discovered that she was a male in female clothing.