Tshwane-based LGBT rights group, OUT, will be picketing the Brooklyn police station to address hate crimes in Tshwane and to protest against the recent raids on Camp David.

The group will also present a memorandum of demands to the police. The event is set for this Sunday 10 December, at 10h30 to 11h45, outside the Brooklyn police station

Fikile Vilakazi, Advocacy Officer at OUT, says that the protest “is part of the 16 days of activism program aimed at challenging violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Tshwane. This will also be in line with observing the International Human Rights Day.”

The memorandum demands that the Brooklyn police provide a service that does not discriminate on the basis of “gender, gender presentation and sexual orientation”.

It further says that it must: provide care and support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence; provide sensitization and skills training for police on sexual orientation matters; and strengthen its visibility and policing in hate crimes hot spots within its jurisdiction.

In regard to the recent raids on nude gay bar Camp David – which led the owners to accuse the authorities of harassment – the memorandum says that the Brooklyn police must “focus its scarce resources where LGBT people are at real threat of violent crimes and not where no violent threat exist both to self and others.”

Vilakazi says that participation by the community in the picket “will be highly appreciated”.

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