POLITICAL party Podemos have condemned an attack on a gay couple during the recent Almeria Fair and called for stiffer sentences for hate crimes of this nature. The group thanked the couple for having the courage to come forward and report the crime.
The attack, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning during the Fair, was not the first time an apparently homophobic crime has taken place in the province, according to Podemos.
In fact, Maria Sanchez, Secretary of the Almeria Podemos programme and in charge of the Citizen Equality Council, says that this particular case is one of more than 300 or so that is recorded every year in Andalucia and, “demonstrates that the path towards equality is a long one.”
Sanchez adds that “for the second year in a row, Almeria appears in the front pages of the national newspapers due to the cases of violence against gay couples” and asks governments and administrators who think that homophobia is a thing of the past, think again and introduce regulations to protect this group since “we are in the middle of the 21st century and still asking that human rights are not violated in our province.”