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The Violent Gay Bar Police Raids Sweeping Jamaica

Jamaica’s Montego Bay just scored their own Atlanta Eagle: Just after midnight last Sunday, police raided the only gay bar in the area’s Hip Strip, with some 20 “heavily armed ” officers bursting through the door before screaming anti-gay slurs while hitting and pistol whipping the patrons, demanding they leave, according to Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays. This probably caused more than one drink to spill. The raid followers a similar one on a Kingston bar earlier last month. Ten individuals required medical attention. Police, meanwhile, have offered no explanation for the raid. Maurice Tomlinson, a gay rights activist there who works with J-FLAG, says his life has been threatened after a letter-to-the-editor about the raids ran in the Jamaica Gleaner.