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Bangladesh's gay community is living in fear

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>> Bangladesh's gay community is going into hiding weeks after the nation's most prominent gay activist was hacked to death with a machete along with one of his friends. It was the latest grim chapter in a string of killings carried out by militants in this Muslim majority country. Reuters' Sanjeev Miglani says the attacks have pushed LGBT people further into the shadows.
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>> There is fear in the community. You can see the fear in their eyes, you can see the fear in their actions. We've spoken to several of them in hotels and cafeterias and on phones. Nobody wanted to be identifying themselves. It was just too dangerous. They have removed their Facebook profiles, they've deleted pictures that suggest a same sex relationship, they are worried that their families will get to know, most of them have hidden their identities.
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Some people have installed closed circuit televisions at their homes, others are leaving the country seeking asylum.>> Authorities say they have arrested a home grown militant in connection with the murders. But the home minister also said, quote, we've learned that the victim was working to protect the rights of gay people.
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This is not in line with our society. Since February of last year, at least 23 people have been killed with machetes. The targets, university professors, bloggers, and atheists who published views critical of Islam. LGBT people are fearful of what's to come, one telling Reuter's, quote, any guy can be carrying a machete, which can crack my skull open for being a free thinker.