Disgust in Spain after aggravated assault gay man: ‘The hate gets greater’

In Spain, the abuse of a 20-year-old gay man in Madrid has reacted with horror. The man was stabbed in the porch of his house with a knife in the face on Sunday. The attackers also scratched the word maricon (fag) in his buttocks.

Eight black-clad and masked figures carried out the assault, according to the mans statement. The police have started an investigation in the Malasaรฑa district, where the attack took place and is remarkably well known as a tolerant and multicultural neighborhood. Thats where the police are looking at security camera footage from stores. In addition, mobile phone numbers of people who were close to the aggression are being checked.

Demonstrations on the way

Demonstrations in cities across Spain are scheduled for tonight and a nationwide protest in Madrid has been announced for next weekend. According to interest groups, violence against LHBT+people has been increasing in recent years, even though not all victims dare to report.

โ€œThe hatred towards gays, lesbians and transsexuals is growing. From radical-right groups, the dislike of homosexuals is fueled. They prefer not to see that we walk through the city during gay pride parades, or that there is a focus on homosexuality during school classes,โ€ says Ignacio Paradero of the gay organization FELGTB.

The mans assault has been convicted by politics. Prime Minister Sรกnchez wants an emergency session of the committee this Friday following the hate crimes in the country. Ministers of his left-wing government opposed statements by the right-wing populist party Vox, which designated migrants as the main perpetrators of violence against homosexuals.

Demonstrations in cities across Spain are scheduled for tonight and a nationwide protest in Madrid has been announced for next weekend. According to interest groups, violence against LHBT+people has been increasing in recent years, even though not all victims dare to report.

โ€œThe hatred towards gays, lesbians and transsexuals is growing. From radical-right groups, the dislike of homosexuals is fueled. They prefer not to see that we walk through the city during gay pride parades, or that there is a focus on homosexuality during school classes,โ€ says Ignacio Paradero of the gay organization FELGTB.

The mans assault has been convicted by politics. Prime Minister Sรกnchez wants an emergency session of the committee this Friday following the hate crimes in the country. Ministers of his left-wing government opposed statements by the right-wing populist party Vox, which designated migrants as the main perpetrators of violence against homosexuals.

Beaten Dead

Earlier this year, gay groups took to the streets after the assault of 24-year-old Samuel. He was broken up after an argument for gay when leaving a cafe in A Coruรฑa. During a pursuit, his attackers beat the man to death.

This year, police have so far had 610 reports of violence due to sexual preference, religion, disability or racism. Thats more than 9 percent more than in 2019.

โ€œThe fear that something might happen to you has increased,โ€ says Ignacio Paradero. โ€œPeople are fearful, but angry too. Spain has made tremendous leaps forward in the acceptance of homosexuality in recent years. Yet there is a pretty good ground to gain, like police forces. It sometimes takes a hard time recognizing violence against gay people.โ€

Support for homosexuality is high in Spain, a study showed this summer. For example, 89 percent of respondents said they have no problems with gays, lesbians, bi- or transsexuals. More than three quarters (76%) of Spaniards accept same-sex marriage. That figure is only surpassed in Sweden and the Netherlands.