Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to homosexuals, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex.

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The Makerere University Walter Reed Project in the Ugandan capital of Kampala was targeted for “training youths in homosexuality,” spokesman Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter Friday. He offered no further details but said a “top diplomat” was involved in the alleged training.

The project said in a statement Friday that it was suspending its activities in Uganda after one of its staff, a Ugandan citizen, was arrested and briefly detained by police on Thursday.



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