Members of Anonymous recently hacked and defaced the Web site of the prime minister of Uganda to protest the country’s treatment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.
The message on the prime minister’s Web site reads in part, “Your violations of the rights of LGBT people have disgusted us. ALL people have the right to live in dignity free from the repression of someone else’s political and religious beliefs. You should be PROUD of your LGBT citizens, because they clearly have more balls than you will ever have. Real Ugandan Pride is demonstrated in standing up to oppression despite fearing the abuse, torture and murder inflicted on LGBT at the hands of the corrupt government.”
“We currently have full control of the President of Uganda’s website,” the hackers added in a statement on Pastebin. “We will not stand by while LGBT Ugandans are victimized, abused and murdered by a ruthless and corrupt government. #TheEliteSociety and #Anonymous will continue to target Ugandan government sites and communications until the government of Uganda treats all people including LGBT equally and with respect, dignity and immediately ends the arrest and harassment of LGBT.”
“In Uganda, government and Christian leaders have been escalating their campaign of intimidation and harassment against the LGBT community,” writes Examiner.com’s Michael Stone. “Previously, the Ugandan parliament seriously entertained a bill that would impose prison sentences upon families, friends, doctors and even teachers who fail to report alleged homosexuals, and imprison or even execute members of the gay and lesbian community.”
“This is apparently not the first time Anonymous has targeted the Ugandan government,” notes Xtra’s Natasha Barsotti. “A June 25 Pastebin posting, also attributed to Anonymous, includes claims that a number of Ugandan websites have been infiltrated.”