Anonymous, the often maligned and somewhat anarchic ‘hacktivist’ group spectacularly struck right at the heart of the leadership of the homophobic Ugandan government this week when it hacked into two of their high profile websites. Anonymous attacked and hacked into the websites of the prime minister and Justice Law and Order Sector and issued following statement –
“Today’s hack and deface of the Ugandan Prime Minister’s site was the latest in a long list of actions against the government and infrastructure of Uganda for crimes against LGBT people.” The Anonymous statement read. “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 [people] equally, with respect and dignity and immediately ends the arrest and harassment of LGBT [people].”
The Ugandan government is currently discussing a gay hate bill that is passed would make homosexuality and homosexual acts punishable in law with penalties including the death sentence.
“The government of Uganda will not stop us or LGBT people from standing up to their hatred and fighting against their abuses . . . Equal treatment for ALL people, or you can expect us again.” the hacking group said.
In another message featuring an image from Uganda’s recent Pride celebration that appeared on the Office of the Prime Minister’s website, the social activists said “You have been warned, repeatedly, to expect us. 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 [people] at the hands of the corrupt government.”
I personally am not usually a fan of hacking groups, however I applaud Anonymous for this stand against the horrific repression of the gay community from one of Africa’s most oppressive and dangerous countries. This is not the first time the ‘hacktivists’ have taken a stance against homophobia and intolerance, in previous years they attacked the hideous Westboro Baptist Church and their vile hate sites.