and note the video referred to in the article has since been removed from YouTube.
Two young men were attacked and brutally beaten by a mob of onlookers, and security officers of a Jamaican university.
Gay Star News have received unconfirmed perliminary reports from Jamaica that yesterday evening (1 November) two young men were caught having sex in the toilets at the University of Technology (U-Tech) Jamaica.
According to the reports, they were spotted and captured by a mob.
Apparently the two young men tried to escape, however one was caught and brought to the security office of U-Tech where he [was] beaten by the campus security officers, who were supposed to protect him from the mob hurling anti-gay abuse at him.
Reports suggest he may have also suffered violence prior to that by a mob of students and onlookers.
During the video [now removed from YouTube] some of the campus security officers were brutally beating the young man while onlookers cheered and laughed at him, some calling to ‘kill the batty-boy’.
From the video it seems the young man has been taken into police custody, while the other has managed to escape.
Dionne Jackson Miller, a Jamaican journalist commented on her Facebook page about the incident: ‘I am sad and sickened tonight.
‘Security guards at one of our universities beating up a young man because he was allegedly found engaging in homosexual acts.
‘I also continue to wonder at my friends with their heads deep in the sand insisting that we are not a homophobic society. Really? This young man is hit and kicked by a “security “guard” while excited crowds gather outside.
‘And for those who will wilfully twist my words - you are adept at that - this has nothing to do with approval of or belief in a lifestyle.
‘This is about a society that winks at barbarism and turns its head away insisting it is not happening, apparently all the reports of abuse are made up!!! And you wonder why we are seen as homophobic?’
Maurice Tomilson, a Jamaican lawyer and leading LGBT rights advocate, also condemned the incident saying the beating was ‘savage’.
‘I taught at UTech until this August and one of my former LGBT students wrote me in a panic. He is scared to return to the campus because of the strong anti-gay sentiments.
‘The Jamaican religious right keeps claiming all attacks are gay on gay violence. They even have the police saying this foolishness.
‘While the Jamaican government refuses to show leadership on the issue of human rights of LGBT people.’
Gay Star News is investigating the incident and will publish more details as soon as they become available.