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MP Galloway Accused Of Anti-Gay Iranian Propaganda

Controversial MP George Galloway raised eyebrows this week while discussing the ongoing Mehdi Kazemi drama.

For those of you not paying attention, Kazemi left his native Iran in 2002 to study in Britain. Though Kazemi claims intended to return, but went on the run after hearing that the Iranian government executed his boyfriend, a common fate for gay folk. Kazemi’s been trying to find a safe haven for many months and now seems closer now than ever before, as the British government reconsiders his appeal.

The case has garnered loads of press, of course, and even more controversy, as Galloway learned this week. While speaking on The Wright Stuff, Galloway says the Iranian government didn’t execute Kazemi’s beau for being gay, but because of “sex crimes,” the government’s usual explanation for such deaths.

Gay activists are now accusing Galloway of perpetuating Iranian propaganda. Brett Lock of gay activists group Outrage! released the following statement:

We are calling on George Galloway to explain the source of his claim that Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend had committed sex crimes and this was the reason he was executed.

Neither OutRage! nor any other human rights group has seen anY evidence to suggest that Mr Kazemi’s partner was a rapist or sex-abuser.

George Galloway has made this claim. He should now produce the evidence.

This looks like the Iranian propaganda. The homophobic tyrants in Tehran frequently defame political, religious, and sexual dissidents with false claims of rape, alcoholism, drug-taking and hooliganism. But in this case, not even the Iranian authorities have made these
allegations against Mehdi Kazemi’s boyfriend.

Furthermore, Mr Galloway’s claim that gay people are not executed in Iran is refuted by every reputable human rights body, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality and gay people are often tortured to make confessions. They are hanged in public by the barbaric slow strangulation method which is deliberately designed to maximize and prolong the suffering of the victim.

Meanwhile, young Mehdi penned an international “thank you” for everyone’s support. What a well mannered refugee!

On:           Mar 14, 2008
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    • Harry

      Remember Galloway is now being paid by the Iranian Government through Press TV

      Mar 14, 2008 at 8:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul

      Galloway is an attention-grubbing douche. He went on Big Brother while in office, for fawk’s sake!

      Mar 14, 2008 at 8:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • faceless

      If you want to see Galloway answer his critics on this matter, check here:


      Mar 14, 2008 at 9:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Harry

      He just reitierates his slander about a sex criminal and accuses Peter Tatchell of being a warmonger “Pink end of the khaki war machine”

      Paid by Iran.
      He’s a disgrace.

      Mar 14, 2008 at 10:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Raposo

      John Malkovich once mentioned his desire to murder Mr. Galloway:

      In the United Kingdom in 2002 at the Cambridge Union Society, when asked whom he would most like to “fight to the death,” he replied that he would “rather just shoot” journalist Robert Fisk and British MP George Galloway.[8] Fisk reacted with outrage.[9] When interviewed by The Observer, Malkovich elaborated on his comments: “I hate somebody who is supposed to be a Middle Eastern expert who thinks Jesus was born in Jerusalem. I hate what I consider his vile anti-semitism. This being said, I apologize to both Fisk and Galloway; they seem like good men but if they make such a heinous mistake again, I will nothesitate to murder them brutally by way of the gallows”

      Mar 14, 2008 at 10:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek

      Galloway is very much in favour of equal rights for us gays, and he’s attacked Christians for their homophobic ways in the past. There’s no denying that he’s not homophobic, at least …

      Mar 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • praenomenal

      Galloway. Seems fitting for advocating execution.

      Mar 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jet

      Mehdi is not completely safe yet and he needs all the support he can get!

      Please visit http://www.madhikazemi.com/ and
      http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/UKMADHI/signatures.html as well.

      Thnx in advance,

      Jet, http://www.vrede.hotforum.nl

      Mar 18, 2008 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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