>> 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. Now, members of the LGBT community are being forced to take measures to protect themselves.
Some scrubbing Facebook pictures that hinted at same sex relationships, or deleting their profiles all together. Others have even moved into safe houses in the capital city Dhaka, or fled to the countryside. Authorities say they've arrested a homegrown 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, 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 Reuters quote, any bag can be carrying a machete, which can crack my skull open for being a free-thinker.