LGBTQI + – “Justice for Samuel”. The murder of a young man beaten to death last weekend shook Spain where large demonstrations took place Monday (July 5th) 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.
“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 were waving the Pride flag, responded to the call of many LGTBQI + collectives demanding “Justice for Samuel”, as the participants shouted.
“All I want is to live”
“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 a few days after the end of Pride week in Spain, a major place of LGTBQI + festivities.
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 had been ruled out, neither that hate crime nor any other”.
“I am convinced that the police investigation will soon find the perpetrators of Samuel’s assassination and shed light on the facts. It is a savage and merciless act. Rights and freedoms will not go back. Spain will not tolerate it, ”Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted on Monday evening.
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