Ugandan gay activist's funeral marred by commotion

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January 28, 2011 19:01

 
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KAMPALA, Uganda — An anti-gay protester created a commotion at the funeral Friday for a prominent activist slain in Uganda, yelling out homophobic phrases that led to a scuffle with mourners attending the burial.

Hundreds of people attended the services for David Kato, who was bludgeoned to death earlier this week at his home in Uganda's capital.

Police had to intervene after a homophobic outburst from Anglican priest Thomas Musoke led to a scuffle midway through Friday's funeral, and Musoke was escorted away. While no one was hurt in the melee, gay rights campaigners said they had received threats that their cars would be stoned as they left the service.

Kato's killing comes after a year of stepped up threats against gays in Uganda, where a bill has proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

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