Police Investigate Homophobic Attack at Knifepoint in Madrid

Police in Spanish capital Madrid are investigating a homophobic attack by eight hooded men in the home of a young, gay man last Sept. 5 afternoon.

According to a police spokesperson, eight men “whose faces were covered with hood and hats” forced their way into the home of a 20-year-old gay man and held him at knifepoint at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 5 in the central Madrid neighborhood of Malasaña.

The attackers cut the victim’s lower lip and carved a homophobic slur into one of this buttocks, the police said.

The police further said that investigators are focusing on footage caught by security cameras in the area and on finding witnesses to identify and locate the attackers.

Spanish online newspaper elDiario.es reported that the Provincial Police Information Brigade, a group that specializes in investigating terrorism and other crimes of radical organizations, has joined the investigation.

Politicians, including Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, condemned the homophobic attack.

“Hate has no place in our society. My emphatic condemnation of this homophobic attack. We will not allow it. We will continue working for an open and diverse country, where no one is afraid of being who they are, where we all live free and safe,” Sanchez said on Twitter.

Sanchez will chair an urgent meeting of the country’s commission against hate crimes on Sept. 10.

The attack came two months after the murder of Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old gay man who was beaten to death by a group and was subjected to homophobic insults in the northwestern Galacian city of A Coruña. The incident sparked mass protests across the country.


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