The murder of a young man beaten to death last weekend shook Spain, where large demonstrations took place Monday (July 5) 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.
“Justice for Samuel. Homophobia and fascism are the same “, proclaimed a gigantic banner held by demonstrators who left the famous Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on Monday evening.
A crowd of several thousand demonstrators, some of whom waved the Pride flag, responded to the call of many LGTB + collectives demanding “Justice for Samuel”, as the participants shouted. “These are not blows, they are assassinations”, chanted the crowd. “Stop homophobia”, “All I want is to live” or “They are killing us”, could we read on some signs.
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“No track is ruled out”
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 LGTB + 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 track was 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 Monday evening.