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Police Crackdown on Gays, Lesbians Continues in Zimbabwe

Police in Harare Monday raided offices of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and confiscated computers and several other items while looking for 44 members of the organization said to be circulating material promoting homosexuality.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights spokesman Kumbirai Mafunda said the police were carrying a search warrant for seizing the material.

Amnesty International condemned the police raid saying it is a blatant violation of the basic rights of GALZ members who have not committed any crime under Zimbabwean law.

The United States embassy last week condemned the detention of the 44 GALZ activists, who were arrested following a launch of their report on police violations.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Mafunda told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri their lawyers were monitoring the situation.

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