A crowd gathered in a central square in Madrid, carrying rainbow flags representing the LGBT community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people) and posters reading “Some LGBT people. You have to get used to it!”.
Miguel Serrano, 22, told AFP that he joined the demonstrations in the Spanish capital “because it could have been him”, speaking of a “clear attack against homosexuals”, in light of “the insults that were said”.
Similar protests took place over the weekend in other cities across the country, including Barcelona and Seville, a week after Samuel Luis Muñez, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, who was born in Brazil, was beaten and found unconscious on the doorstep of a house. . Disco in the city of A Coruña, Galicia.
Emergency medical services were unable to revive him and he died on July 3, sparking a series of demonstrations and political reactions across the country.
According to press reports, the first autopsy results indicate that Samuel died of a head injury caused by a kick to the head.
Spanish police have arrested six suspects, including two minors, since the investigation began, but continue to keep “all hypotheses” open and have yet to confirm the existence of an anti-gay crime.
The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, condemned the killing of the young man, describing it as a “brutal and ruthless act” on the social networking site Twitter, believing that the police would find the perpetrators of the crime.