UGANDAN police broke up a gay pride event in the capital Kampala and arrested about 20 people yesterday, including gay rights leader Frank Mugisha.
He said a fashion show had been under way at a nightclub when police arrived and asked who the organisers were, handcuffing Mr Mugisha when he identified himself to a police commander.
About 20 others were arrested, driven to a police station for questioning and released later, with some alleging that they had been slapped or pushed around by officers.
One man trying to escape arrest at the nightclub injured himself while jumping to safety, said Mr Mugisha, adding: “We condemn the police actions, the use of excessive force during arrest.”
Police spokesman Patrick Onyango confirmed the arrests but gave no details.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a British colonial-era law that prohibits sex acts “against the order of nature.”