A GAY couple on holiday in Spain suffer a savage attacked in a Spanish LGBTQ hotspot.
The aggression took place during the early hours of Sunday morning in Torremolinos. The Andalusian Observatory against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, together with Colleague Torremolinos, has denounced the “terrible homophobic aggression” suffered by the middle-aged French gay couple.
The Frenchmen, from Perpignan, were jumped upon by four youths who had been hiding in the area of Cuesta del Tajo in Torremolinos.
The assault saw the men receive repeated blows to their bodies while the attackers hurled homophobic insults, including: “you faggots get out, we are going to throw you all out of here”.
Both men required hospital attendance to treat their injuries. One of the assaulted is a doctor and is not sure he can continue to practice after the injuries received.
Santiago Rubio, president of Colega-Torremolinos has expressed his concern over the attack, highlighting that it was clearly an attack because of their sexual orientation as they were not robbed or asked for anything.
For her part, Natalia Ronco, director of the Andalusian Observatory against Lgtbiphobia, has expressed worry over the incident, appalled that such a senseless homophobic attack has take place. “People are insulted, harassed and attacked for the simple fact of being, existing and loving” she stated.
Ms. Ronco has also called for more security in the streets and encouraged those who have been attacked to come forward and report it.
Police have been informed of the attack and the victims are expected to return to the border to file a report next week.
Of all the towns on the Costa del Sol- Spain, Torremolinos is the most renowned for its variety of gay bars and clubs, famed for being a LGBT-friendly destination.
One of the local residents in the area, Fernando, shared his opinion with Euro Weekly News “Years ago Torremolinos stood out for freedom… for diversity… because many foreign people lived there… it’s a shame to see this respect lost.”