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New York City: Activists arrested outside Nigerian consulate

Protest part of global day of action against anti-gay law

Nine activists linked to the New York City advocacy group Housing Works were arrested as they participated in a protest against Nigeria’s anti-gay law. Credit: facebook.com

Police arrested nine activists who were impeding traffic as they participated in a protest against Nigeria’s anti-gay law outside the African country’s consulate in New York City, BuzzFeed reports

The nine are linked to the HIV-advocacy group Housing Works.

About 400 people turned out for the noon protest, one of several staged as part of a global day of action against the measure to which President Goodluck Jonathan gave his assent. Protests were organized in Washington, DC; Stockholm, Sweden; Zimbabwe; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and Nigeria, 76crimes.com says.

Four men who were found guilty of breaking the recently enacted law were subjected to a public whipping in an Islamic court in Nigeria’s north. There are reports that dozens of people have been arrested in states in both the north and south of the country.