Sunday, 9 October 2016

Mass arrests at gay bar in Cameroon

Photo published by with an article about the Essos neighborhood of Yaoundé entitled “Yaoundé, like Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Police raided a popular gay bar in Yaoundé on October 9th, morning, surrounding the site with police vehicles and making arrests en masse.

The Mistral bar in the Essos neighborhood of Cameroon’s capital city had been a welcoming oasis where gay men could relax, but starting at around 3 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, it became a traumatic location that police ordered to be evacuated, carrying away all the patrons in trucks to area police stations.

About 30 minutes earlier, police blocked the entrance to Mistral and would not allow anyone to leave. Two police officer entered the bar. People became anxious as they began to think of themselves as hostages.

Police then ordered people to leave the bar and checked for identification cards at the exit. Outside, with or without ID cards, all the bar patrons were ordered onto police trucks.In a country where gay men are stigmatized, with a law against homosexual activity, people feared that being rounded up at a gay bar would have troubling consequences for their personal lives and their relationships with family members.

Police patrols were stationed at every corner of the cabaret — in front, beside, inside, behind.

As if it were a commando operation, armed police searched inside the bar for people hiding there. Some bar-goers tried to escape out the back, but another police truck was parked there.

At the time of this writing, it’s unclear how many people were arrested and where they were taken — reportedly some to the 4th district station, some to the 14th, some to the 16th. Also unclear is whether charges will be filed against those who were arrested, such as for violations of loitering laws, and whether the raid was an anti-gay operation or merely an attempt to impose order on a rowdy part of the city’s nightlife.



  1. they should be taken and burned to ashes or beheaded.Sodom and gomorrah.They wouldnt bring that rubbish here.

  2. Let people live their lives.So what if they are gay? There's worst things to worry about like murderers,thieves and rapists.Thank god South Africa doesn't have such backward anti-gay laws.

  3. Just the other day I was watching the deliberation on the new penal code and according to the new Penal Code any Cameroon caught practicing homosexuality will be arrested and has to pay a fine of just 20,000frs. So you see that in other words it has been legalized in Cameroon. How can the fine for homosexuality in Cameroon be 20,000frs? So even if they arrest every one at that bar, all they have to pay is 20,000frs and they can still go on and continue practicing it