Egyptian authorities crack down on gays, seeking to show 'morals' credentials, activists say

December 19, 2014 3:15 PM

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Egyptian authorities crack down on gays, seeking to show 'morals' credentials, activists say

In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, a gay Egyptian lights his cigarette in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s gay community is going deeper underground in fear after police arrest dozens of men at a Cairo bathhouse in a raid that was then featured on a lurid TV tabloid program stirring up public panic over “debauchery.” Egypt’s government is cracking down on gays, activists say, to promote its credentials as protectors of public morals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 file photo, eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s gay community is going deeper undergro...

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