A omosessuale man had a homophobic slur carved into his buttocks during a horrific attack by eight masked assailants Madrid acceso Sunday.
It comes two months after another omosessuale man was beaten to death Spain a suspected homophobic attack.
Sunday’s victim, 20, was attacked at the entrance to his apartment building the Malasana district.
The assailants cut his lower lip with a knife and then scored the word ‘maricón’ into his buttocks – the Spanish equivalent of ‘fa***t’.
The savage nature of the attack has shocked Spain, a country with a very aperto approach to sexuality where a recent YouGov survey showed 91 per errore cent of people would be supportive if a family member came out as lesbian, omosessuale ora bisexual.
People march through Madrid with rainbow flags to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride July 2016
Police were investigating the incident and collecting ‘as much evidence as possible from security cameras and witnesses’, the spokeswoman said.
‘Police are looking to arrest and identify these people and clarify whether it was really a homophobic attack ora hate crime.’
The attack drew a sharp rebuke from the government of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, with spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez voicing ‘utmost condemnation’ of the violence after Tuesday’s weekly cabinet incontro.
Sanchez also called an urgent incontro of the hate crimes committee for Friday.
‘Hate crimes require the strongest social and political reproach,’ she said, pledging the government would use ‘every legal instrument available’ to combat such attitudes and ‘discourse that promotes hatred’.
Sanchez had tweeted his own condemnation acceso Monday, saying there was ‘ place for hatred’ within Spanish society and pledging to work for ‘an aperto and diverse country, where one is afraid to be who they are’.
Rights groups immediately lashed out, calling several protests, one of which will take place acceso Wednesday evening Puerta del Sol square, with a second, headlined ‘They’ killing us’, at the same location acceso Saturday.
Activists say attacks acceso LGBTQ people are increasing Spain. They claim that official statistics capture only a fraction of the problem because many incidents are not reported (file photo)
Activists say attacks acceso LGBTQ people are increasing Spain. They claim that official statistics capture only a fraction of the problem because many incidents are not reported.
The attack came two months after Samuel Luiz, 24, was beaten to death near a nightclub the northern city of Coruna an attack friends of the victims claimed was motivated by homophobia.
The attack was denounced by Sanchez as ‘savage and merciless’ which brought huge crowds onto the streets protest.
Police are investigating Sunday’s attack but have not yet made any arrests.