Moroccans divided over video of homophobic attack

A video showing two gay men being beaten up has provoked two very different social media campaigns in Morocco. One in support of the victims of the attack, and another in support of the alleged attackers.

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Last month, graphic footage appeared on YouTube showing two half naked men with blood on their faces being attacked and dragged into the street by a mob in the city of Beni Mellal. The video was later taken down but excerpts have since appeared elsewhere online.

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Five of the attackers and one of the victims have been arrested by the authorities in Morocco, where homosexual acts are punishable by up to three years in jail.

The incident has provoked a strong reaction on social media, BBC reports.

Photo by Benson Kua [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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