Wednesday, July 6

Two homophobic attacks in the week before Pride in Valencia and Benicàssim

The week before the LGTB Pride has concentrated two homophobic attacks in the Valencian Community. Last weekend, a group of girls reported having received a beating in the vicinity of a nightclub in the Castellón town of Benicàssim; this Thursday, during the night of San Juan, a 17-year-old boy denounced another similar attack.

Last Saturday a group of young people reported on social networks having received an attack by a group of men at the Budha de Benicàssim nightclub, which they accused of inaction in the face of threats and beatings. The young women reported that while they danced, a group of men began to make fun of them and to use “lesbian” as an insult. When one of them responded, one of the men hit her on the jaw, until they were expelled from the premises. According to the account of the young women, who later informed the Local Police and the Civil Guard, one of the assailants tried to run them over when leaving the nightclub, leaving several of the young women with injuries to their faces and legs.

The second attack occurred during the night of Wednesday, in the celebration of San Juan in Valencia. A 17-year-old young man denounces through social networks that he received a beating in the university area for holding the hand of another boy. The young man relates that when passing through a leisure area he and his partner were rebuked by a group and later he was beaten, leaving his eyebrow split. His companions called the Police but, for the moment, there is no complaint. The authorities insist on the importance of filing a complaint at the police station so that the attacks can be investigated. The perpetrators of the aggression can face the crimes of injuries with the aggravation of sexual orientation.