Mashrou' Leila frontman Hamed Sinno, ccentre, performs at the Dubai International Marine Club, April, 7, 2017. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
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Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila denounced Egypt's "anti-gay witch-hunt" and urged the international community to stand up for LGBTQI+ rights, in a statement posted to their official Facebook page Tuesday.After a Mashrou' Leila concert in Egypt on Sept. 22, Egyptian authorities arrested nearly two dozen members of the audience who had waved rainbow flags, a symbol of the LGBTQI+ community.While homosexuality is not explicitly outlawed in Egypt, non-heterosexual people have previously been arrested for "debauchery," "incitement of debauchery," and "promoting sexual deviancy".The band broke their silence Tuesday and lambasted the Egyptian authorities for going after members of the LGBTQI+ community. The Egyptian state has now banned Mashrou' Leila from performing in Egypt and justified this action by pointing to existing bans on the band's performances in several other countries.
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