Two Jamaican university security guards have been relieved from duty after YouTube footage emerged of a student being badly beaten in front of a baying mob, reportedly because he was gay.
The victim was allegedly discovered together with another man and had sought refuge from an angry homophobic crowd.
Instead he was attacked by guards goaded on by chanting students.
LGBT rights organistation J-Flag described the incident as evidence of a "malignant level of homophobia" in a country where gay sex is punishable by 10 years in jail.
The group, which is forced to operate in secret, demanded urgent action from politicians to "address the chronic demonstration of intolerance for LGBT Jamaicans."
Police rescued the student and are now investigating the circumstances of the beating.
If you appreciated this article then please consider donating to the Morning Star's Fighting Fund to ensure we can keep developing your paper.
Donate to the Fighting Fund here
Official inflation figures understate the real extent of rising costs, but even the government's own CPI scheme lays bare the ongoing misery for working people and those dependent on benefits.
The Con-Dems have had it their way too long. We have to turn this country around
How high-quality primary schooling could help solve global poverty