Hate crime against LGBTQ+ community, man beaten to death

"Your homophobia is killing us"

Image source: The Guardian Hate crime came to light in less than a week after Spain’s annual Pride celebrations and days after Sánchez’s Socialist-led coalition government approved a draft law to protect and strengthen the rights of LGBTI people. Samuel Luiz, 24, was allegedly attacked by several assailants outside a nightclub in the city of A Coruña, in northern Spain. One assailant allegedly used a homophobic slur. His friends narrated the ordeal saying, he went outside to place a video call, when two passersby accused him of filming them. Luiz tried to clarify that he was talking to a friend but was brutally beaten up and was left with a badly bruised face. A few minutes later the attacker arrived with 12 more people and beat Luiz, who was in an unconscious state. He was taken to the hospital, but Saturday morning the reports came in that he succumbed to death.

Image Source: The Guardian

This incident has led to nationwide outrage. Thousands of people protested across Spain Monday condemning the killing of a man who was allegedly beaten to death because he was gay. Demonstrations were taken out on Monday night in cities including A Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao, and Zaragoza. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans including, “Your homophobia is killing us”. Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has condemned the killing and offered condolences to Luiz's family and friends. He tweeted, “I’m confident that the police investigation will soon find those who murdered Samuel and shed light on what happened.” He further mentioned that “It was a savage and merciless act. We will not take a step backward when it comes to rights and freedoms and Spain will not tolerate this”. As per the latest reports, Spanish police have arrested three people in connection with the killing of a young gay man who died in a possible homophobic attack over the weekend. The police force said that three were aged between 20-25 and lived in A Corina. However, the investigation is still ongoing and would remain open until all the facts are clarified. José Miñones, the central government’s delegate in Galicia, mentioned that investigation is at a crucial stage and is being examined if this was a hate crime against the LGBTQI+ community.

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