Algerian authorities are attempting to stop individuals from using the pride flag by distributing pamphlets and homophobic rhetoric to members of the public in an anti-LGBTQ+ crackdown.
The crackdown, which was recorded and shared online, shows local police and other officials handing out information pamphlets to a large crowd about LGBTQ+ flags and symbols.
According to the site Al Bawaba the pamphlets which contain the words “I’m a Muslim, and these flags and symbols don’t represent me” appear to feature information about the makeup of the pride flag, including what the colours mean, also shows images of other flags and symbols related to LGBTQ+ identities, such as the transgender flag, asexual flag and Progress Pride flag.
Al Bawaba also reports that the anti-LGBTQ+ campaign by Algerian authorities has included reports of officials asking consumers in the country to boycott items that feature rainbow colours or flags, for they are believed to be against the values of Algeria and Islam.
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Currently, in Algeria, homosexuality is illegal – individuals found guilty of same-sex acts face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 10,000 Algerian dinars (approximately AUD$100 or NZD$110).
Last Updated on Jan 19, 2023