After a spate of attacks on Ugandan governmental websites, the Internet collective known as Anonymous is planning a fresh round of assaults. Meanwhile, the violently anti-gay heads of of state plan to approve legislation (an early Christmas gift) aimed at further marginalizing the LGBTQI community by passing a series of laws that would be even more punitive than those that already exist.
While the mere threat of disruption may cause Yoweri Museveni to give pause, it is worth noting that after Anonymous hacked the websites of the Ugandan Justice, Law and Order Sector, the Petroleum Exploration and Production Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the Uganda Biodiversity Information Facility, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the Health Service Commission among others, the death penalty clause was removed.
Sebastianowl, who is widely believed to speak for the collective, issued a statement noting, "“Although the clauses of the new law that allowed for the death penalty have since, seemingly, been removed, Anonymous cannot simply stand by and watch a government punish its citizens with life imprisonment for simply living their lives the way they see fit, without hurting those around them."
It is still unclear what steps the organization may take. But if Museveni takes steps to prevent the legislation from passing, it won't just be a victory for gay people. It will show that Anonymous is more than just a nuisance.
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