7 Jul, 2021 @ 13:30
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Young gay man attacked in Spain’s Valencia just one day after homophobic murder in Galicia

Justice for Samuel
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WITH Spain still reeling from the homophobic murder of 24-year-old Samuel in La Coruña (Galicia) on Friday, attacks against LGTBIQ+ people continue throughout the country.

The day after Samuel was beaten to death in Galicia, on Saturday another young man was assaulted in Valencia city’s Plaza Honduras.

According to Orienta, the Valencian service providing support for LGTBIQ+ people in the region, the unidentified victim was out with a friend when they were accosted by a group of men who made homophobic insults against the victim.

The attackers then physically assaulted the young man, leaving him with considerable injuries before fleeing the scene.

Orienta’s lawyers are meeting the victim today (Wednesday July 7) to outline the legal procedure to report the case, which the association does not hesitate to class as a homophobic hate crime due also to the type of insults received by the young man.

Justice for Samuel
Photo by Cordon Press

The same Plaza Honduras was already the scene of a nearly identical attack two weeks ago, when a 17-year-old gay man was walking hand-in-hand with a friend when he was verbally abused and knocked to the ground by a group of men.

In this case, the attackers continued kicking the victim on the floor until leaving him with a split eyebrow and a bloodied face.

This week’s attack has coincided with large Gay Pride marches throughout the country and mass demonstrations against Samuel’s murder, with LGTBIQ+ associations denouncing a recent spike of up to 45% in homophobic crime in Spain.

Hundreds gathered in Valencia’s Plaza del Ayuntamiento on Monday to demand ‘Justice for Samuel’, while spokespeople for Spanish support platforms denounce that the violence is being fuelled by hate speech and political decisions made mainly by extreme right-wing party Vox on a national level.


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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