A YOUNG man was forced to take refuge inside a shop in Jamaica after an angry mob gathered outside objecting to him applying lipstick in the street.
The residents of May Pen in Clarendon threatened violence and called for store owners to let them get to the man, but employees of Young’s Plaza called police.
Armed officers arrived at the scene shortly after and stood guard outside the clothes shop, while others tried – albeit unsuccessfully - to calm the growing crowd.
“We don’t want none of them in this town, this is our town,” one angry resident told reporters.
In Jamaica, sex between two men is illegal, though they have to be caught in the act before any arrests can be made. They can face up to 10 years in prison if caught.
This incident follows the announcement of a meeting between Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, Jamaica’s high commissioner and author and gay human rights activist Vernal Scott next week.
Scott said: "I am encouraged by the seriousness with which Her Excellency is viewing these matters.
“It is shameful and morally unacceptable for a modern 'Christian country' to turn a blind eye to the plight of these vulnerable young people.”