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article imageLGBT activists arrested in Morocco for kiss protests

By Brian Booker     Jun 2, 2015 in World
Rabat - Two female LGBT activists were arrested in Morocco this morning, after staging a protest at the famed Hassan Tower, located in Rabat. The protesters stripped to their waists and kissed in protest of Morocco's outlawing of homosexuality.
The protesters were arrested by border police at the Rabat airport. The protesters had “In Gay We Trust” emblazoned on their chests and took a brief snap of their kiss, pictured above.
The protesters are a part of FEMEN France, and the news broke on the organization's Facebook page just a few hours ago.
After being arrested, the protesters were expelled from Morocco and banned from ever returning. Morocco's Interior Ministry issued a statement condemning the protesters' actions, calling them offensive to Moroccan society.
FEMEN is known for organizing topless protests across Europe. The organization has also been expanding its reach abroad. In 2013, three FEMEN protesters posed topless in front of a Tunisian court
In Morocco, homosexuality can result in up to three years in jail. Morocco has numerous other “sin” laws on its books, including laws outlawing sex outside of marriage and the consumption of alcohol. Enforcement of these laws, however, is rather lax.
Hassan Tower is actually the minaret of an unfinished mosque. The tower stands 140 feet high and construction began in 1199. When Sultan Sultan Yacub al-Mansour died in 1199, construction of the mosque was halted, but the minaret was already largely complete.
The site is now one of Morocco's most popular tourist attractions.
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