The fliers distributed over the weekend in parts of Liberia’s capital were signed by the Movement Against Gay’s [sic] in Liberia, or MOGAL [how does that acronym correspond?]. The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”
“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”
While it’s not an open death threat, it’s pretty clear that they want to track down and kill gay people one by one. And their vagueness about the methods (“all means in life”) leaves room for other terrible punishments, including torture and “corrective rape.” And apparently they have the support of the community:
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.
“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”
Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
A relative of one of those targeted, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the person on the list already had received threatening phone calls.
Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that she will not sign any law decriminalizing homosexuality–Liberia’s current one puts you in jail for up to a year if you’re found guilty of gay sex acts, and lawmakers have tried to push the penalty up to ten years.