Spanish police arrested three people in connection with the killing of a young gay man who was killed in a possible homophobic attack over the weekend, shocking the country and sparking nationwide protests.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, 24-year-old nursing assistant Samuel Luiz had an argument outside a nightclub with a friend while they were out in the Galician city of A Coruña.
His friends Tell the world When two passers-by accused him of trying to film them with his mobile phone, Louis walked out of the club to make a video call. Louis explained that he was talking to a friend via video, but he was allegedly attacked by a passerby and left a severely bruised face.
Five minutes later, the alleged attacker returned with 12 other people and knocked Louis unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and died late Saturday morning.
On Tuesday night, the Spanish National Police said that three people had been arrested as “the alleged perpetrators of the violent attack that ended the life of Samuel Louis.”
in A statement, The army said that the three were between 20 and 25 years old and lived in A Coruña. It does not rule out the possibility of further arrests and stated that the investigation will continue until all the facts of the case are clarified.
The attack caused resentment across Spain and led to demonstrations in the cities of A Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao and Zaragoza on Monday night. The demonstrators held up signs that read “Your homophobia is killing us.” After some protesters in the capital were knocked down, Madrid politicians demanded an explanation from the central government. Accused by riot police Monday night.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the killing and expressed condolences to Luis’ friends and family. “I believe that the police investigation will soon find the person who killed Samuel and uncover what happened,” he said. Tweet on Monday. “This is a barbaric and ruthless act. We will not regress in terms of rights and freedoms, and Spain will not tolerate this.”
Jose Minonez, the representative of the central government in Galicia, said that the police are investigating whether the attack was caused by homophobia and said the investigation is at a critical stage. He said that 15 people made statements about what happened. “This [security] The camera will help us clarify what happened,” he Tell Radio Voz Tuesday.
In the days following Spain’s annual pride celebration and Sanchez’s socialist-led coalition government, the killing took place less than a week. Approved a draft law Protect and strengthen the rights of LGBTI.
Activists said the attack proved that LGBTI people still suffer violence. “We have been abused and murdered because we are LGBTI,” the State Federation of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexuals said in a statement On twitter“We will not rest.”
The federation stated that although events like Pride make it easy to celebrate diversity month after year, it will not stop until we are 100% committed to it forever.
A kind Research published last year A survey by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency found that 41% of the people surveyed in Spain had experienced some form of harassment in the past 12 months because of LGBTI. It also found that 32% of Spanish respondents often or always avoid certain places or locations because they are afraid of being attacked, threatened or harassed because of LGBTI.