by Rex Wockner
Honduran gay activist Donny Reyes was beaten by police and raped by fellow detainees at a police station on March 18, according to Amnesty International.
The organization said Reyes, treasurer of the Rainbow LGTB Association, was arbitrarily grabbed from a taxi stand by police in Tegucigalpa and kept for six hours in a cell where other detainees, egged on by a policeman, repeatedly sexually assaulted him.
“Look, I’m bringing you a little princess, you know what to do,” the officer said, according to Amnesty.
Another of the six officers who took Reyes into custody told him, “We have to disappear these queers from here.”
Since then, Amnesty said, police have attempted to intimidate Reyes by parking outside the association’s office.
“He, and other members of the organization he heads, may be in grave danger,” the organization said.
“Attacks against LGBT people in Honduras are a scourge the police should confront – yet the police are part of the problem,” said Ariel Herrera of Amnesty International USA’s OUTfront Program.