Protesters target London’s Dorchester

Protesters target London’s Dorchester

Dozens of anti – discrimination demonstrators massed on Saturday outside the Brunei- owned luxury Dorchester Hotel in London over the southeast Asian country ’ s adoption of harsh new sharia laws , including death for gay sex. Led by human rights activist Peter Tatchell, up to 100 people gathered outside the Park Lane hotel ,

Dozens of anti – discrimination demonstrators massed on Saturday outside the Brunei- owned luxury Dorchester Hotel in London over the southeast Asian country ’ s adoption of harsh new sharia laws , including death for gay sex.
Led by human rights activist Peter Tatchell, up to 100 people gathered outside the Park Lane hotel , many armed with rainbow flags , placards and banners calling for homophobia to be stamped out .
A tough penal code in the tiny country on tropical Borneo island — ruled by the all – powerful Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah — came fully into force last Wednesday after several years of delay .
It has sparked a storm of global criticism from politicians , celebrities and rights groups, with actor George Clooney and pop star Elton John calling for Brunei- owned hotels to be boycotted.

The University of Oxford said Saturday it would reconsider its decision to award an honorary degree to the Sultan .
It added it shared the “ international revulsion” of the laws and that the decision to confer the honorary degree of civil law by diploma to Bolkiah in 1993 would be reconsidered through its “ established process ” .
Meanwhile Deutsche Bank on Thursday said it had removed the Brunei- owned Dorchester Collection group from the list of hotels its employees use .

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