Investigation into homophobic comments call in Alicante


A LGTBI group has called on the Public Prosecutor to investigate comments made at an Alicante rally by the leader of right-wing political party Vox. 

And it wants the investigation to examine reports of shouted homophobic abuse at the Alicante Comic Fair which was being held next door at the same time. 

Diversitat de Alicante sent a letter detailing its grievances over the speech given by Vox leader Santiago Abascal, during the rally on October 26 at the Institución Ferial Alicantina (IFA).  It claims that some of his comments could be taken as anti-LGTBI. 


It also wants the rest of the speakers to come under scrutiny see if anyone had “committed a hate crime under Article 510 of the Penal Code”. 

In addition, it wants action taken over the verbal abuse of people attending the comic fair in an adjacent pavilion, saying: “We also request the identification of the aggressors so that the legally established penal measures are taken.” 

They have also demanded that the Generalitat regional government, faced with the “passivity” of Alicante City Council, open a file on the IFA in accordance with the provisions of the Valencian LGBT Law for “endangering the physical and moral integrity of people attending the Comic Book Fair”, having allowed it to coincide with the pre-election campaign of Vox.

Vox issued a statement on Tuesday that insists on its respect for “people, beliefs and principles.” 


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