100 protest doctor's firing at Jamaica university

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Religious activists and university colleagues are protesting the firing of a Jamaican physician who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy ban.

The University of the West Indies recently removed Dr. Brendan Bain as head of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training network, saying he "lost the confidence and support" of the community the program was supposed to serve.

Roughly 30 groups that work on HIV issues in the Caribbean had denounced Bain's appearance as an expert witness in a court case on behalf of churches defending an anti-sodomy law in Belize. They argued his appearance was a conflict of interest.

The scores of protesters outside the university Monday say the university is violating Bain's freedom of speech. Some are university students and teachers. Some are from local churches.

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