In July, the beating murder of Samuel in A Coruña brought thousands of people to the streets throughout Spain to cry out against violence against the LGTBI collective. Since then, the trickle of assaults has been constant. This week a young trans man from Valencia and another from Velada, Toledo, denounced having been attacked because of their identity or sexual orientation. But it was the complaint of a 20-year-old young man last Monday that prompted the call for several concentrations in cities such as Madrid or Barcelona. The man reported having been attacked by a group of eight hooded men who, in the doorway of his house, engraved the word ‘fagot’ on his buttock with a knife. This Wednesday, hours before the first demonstrations, he confessed that he lied and that those injuries, he assured the police, were consensual. The Marika Movement of Madrid decided to go ahead with the concentration.
“If we have believed this boy’s complaint and we have mobilized, it is because these attacks happen every day,” defends Marta, 26, at the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. “Maybe this aggression has not been such, but all those that are reproduced are undeniable. Homophobia is there.” The young woman thinks that it can harm the movement’s struggle, although she points out that “certain sectors that did not need this pretext to question homophobias and aggressions.”
Ivan gets excited talking. You have read a phrase that applies to this situation: “A tree cannot outshine the forest.” And, “you can think what you want about this latest news, but you cannot deny what has happened previously,” explains the 23-year-old protester. He also talks about the “fear that his mother may go through” because he is part of the LGBT community and that he is alone in the center at this time. That is why he is today “with all those people who have suffered” and everything they do not want “to suffer again.” Iván is sure that certain groups will be able to use the false accusation argument, but he also thinks that “they can use anything to overshadow. Until you stumble down the street,” he assures.
A group of attendees are clear that they must be here today. Specifically, Mery, 32, speaks of the “day-to-day attacks suffered by the people of the group and the hate speech that is growing day by day”, regardless of whether “the complaint is false or not” . She would tell a person who may be afraid of the news of aggressions to “lean on his affective network, to seek support and associations. Even if there is fear, there is a lot of beautiful movement and you have to live day by day”, concludes Mery with the applause in the background of her friends.
Carmen believes that although the denunciation of the aggression in the Malasaña neighborhood has been denied, it does not prevent them from continuing to demonstrate: “Although there are not 723 abuses, even 722,” says the 24-year-old. He also reflects on the role of extreme right-wing speeches, which he believes give “wings” to certain people to commit “atrocities.”
Raffaella, a 58-year-old trans woman, is outraged, believes that there are plenty of reasons to go out and demonstrate: “We are so tired of so much violence that we have plenty of reasons. We have reasons throughout the year. I go out as a trans woman and I suffer violence from minute one until he arrived at my house. This State does not protect us, “he says.
Two hundred seventy seven. It is the number of crimes and incidents of hatred due to sexual orientation and gender identity registered by the Security Forces and Bodies in Spain in 2020. However, experts denounce, many do not transcend.
After 9:00 p.m., the protesters tried to go to the Ministry of Justice to continue the protest, but were stopped by the security forces, at which point they held a sit-in in the central square of the Madrid capital.
The Marika Movement of Madrid decided to keep the call in place “because in recent days there have also been attacks in Toledo, Melilla, Castellón and Vitoria. Because Samuel was killed for being a fag. Because all of you who are reading this have had to suffer the violence, harassment, fear and the danger of death. Because many are no longer here. ” Other towns that joined the rallies this Wednesday were Barcelona, Palencia and Salamanca.