The murder of a young gay man beaten to death last weekend rocked Spain where large demonstrations took place Monday (July 5) to denounce a “crime homophobe”. Samuel, a 24-year-old nurse’s aide, was found unconscious outside a nightclub in La Coruna, northwestern Spain, after being beaten, explains CNN en espanol. The emergency services failed to revive him and he died on Saturday morning, say the Spanish media.
“Justice for Samuel. Homophobia and fascism are the same thing”, proclaimed a gigantic banner held by demonstrators who left the famous Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on Monday evening. A crowd of several thousand demonstrators, some of whom waved the Pride flag, responded to the call of many LGBT + collectives demanding “Justice for Samuel”, as the participants shouted.
Since his death, his relatives have denounced a homophobic crime, just days after the end of Pride week in Spain. 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 track was ruled out, neither the 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 Monday evening.