A 24-year-old young man was beaten to death last weekend in a town in northwestern Spain. His relatives denounce “a homophobic crime”.
The murder of a young man beaten to death last weekend shook Spain where large demonstrations took place on Monday to denounce a “homophobic crime”.
Samuel, a 24-year-old nurse’s aide, was found unconscious outside a nightclub in La Coruna, northwestern Spain, after being beaten up. The emergency services failed to revive him and he died on Saturday morning, say the Spanish media.
Several thousand demonstrators
“Justice for Samuel. Homophobia and fascism are the same thing,” proclaimed a gigantic banner held by demonstrators who left Monday evening from the famous Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, AFPTV noted.
A crowd of several thousand demonstrators, some of whom waved the Pride flag, had thus responded to the call of many LGBT + collectives demanding “Justice for Samuel”, as the participants shouted.
“These are not blows, these are assassinations,” chanted the crowd. “Stop homophobia”, “All I want is to live” or “They are killing us”, could we read on some signs.
Since his death, his relatives have denounced a homophobic crime, just days after the end of Pride week in Spain, a hotspot for LGBT + festivities.
No arrests for the moment
Demonstrations took place Monday evening in other Spanish cities, such as in La Coruña, often bringing together several hundred people, according to photos and videos posted on social networks.
On Monday, the Spanish Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Larlaska stressed that there had been no arrests for the moment and that “no lead was ruled out, neither that hate crime nor any other”.
“I am convinced that the police investigation will soon find the perpetrators of Samuel’s murder and shed light on the facts. It is a savage and merciless act. Rights and freedoms will not recede. L ‘Spain will not tolerate it,’ Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted on Monday evening.
Jeanne Bulant with AFP BFMTV reporter