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Zambia gay rights activist arrested after TV appearance

LUSAKA, Zambia -- A prominent gay rights activist has been arrested in Zambia after appearing on a live television calling for same-sex relations to be decriminalized.

Paul Kasonkomona had been charged with "inciting the public to take part in indecent activities", police chief Solomon Jere told AFP news agency.

He was detained as he stepped out of the studios of privately owned Muvi TV in the capital, it reports.

Homosexual acts are illegal in deeply conservative Zambia.

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