The Minister of the Interior of the Generalitat, Joan Ignasi Elena, explained this Wednesday that in Catalonia there are “groups of people who are left to hunt” homosexual people, although he has ruled out that they are “organized plots”.
In an interview on RAC-1, Elena did not want to describe the attackers as organized gangs, but explained that police investigations have found “groups of people who meet and go hunting.” According to Elena, these are people “installed in hatred and fed by a culture of hatred of difference.”
“We will be very much on top because it is especially serious,” added the minister, who has linked these groups to “a social component of permissiveness and contempt for the different that helps some groups to take another step.”
At the same time, he has warned that the Mossos d’Esquadra will be “relentless” in the face of homophobic attacks, in a context of growing concern about attacks against LGTBI people such as the one that occurred in Madrid last weekend.
Faced with this “extremely serious” situation, the minister explained that the Mossos d’Esquadra will be “implacable”, and recalled that the autonomous body has a unit specialized in hate crimes, in addition to providing training to all those in uniform. According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, hate crimes due to sexual orientation have grown by 43% in the first half of 2021.
The minister has also said that homosexual people “should not be afraid” because “fear is the victory of these people” and has asked that they behave normally. “In the end we will end up winning and they will have the Mossos at their side,” he added.