SPAIN’S central government has condemned crimes against the LGBTI community at a protest on Saturday, September 18 by far-right activists in Madrid.
The Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, has announced she will report a series of hate crimes against LGBTI people at the protest in Chueca in Madrid to prosecutors.
She said: “We will inform the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the LGTB phobic and racist hatred… in Chueca. In addition, we are urgently processing the Trans and LGBTI Rights Act, which allows for the protection of rights.”
Minister of Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, added: “We will do everything in our power to combat hatred against the LGTBI community and racism. We will take these facts to the Prosecutor’s Office and we will expedite the processing of the LGBTI and Trans Rights Act.”
A group of far-right activists marched through the streets of Madrid’s Chueca neighbourhood on Saturday shouting, “out of our neighbourhoods,” and “out of Madrid.”
The march was convened by the Madrid Seguro neighbourhood association to position itself against the government’s trans rights laws, and set off in Plaza de Chueca, a meeting point for the LGBTI community.
Protesters at the march reportedly also rejected immigrants.
The news comes after a spate of assaults against the LGTBI community in Spain, including the death of one man who was assaulted in what is thought to have been a homophobic incident in Spain.
The Spanish government announced plans to introduce a new trans rights law in the country, sparking protests from some far right supporters in Madrid. The new law, the Trans and LGBTI Rights Act, will give further rights to those from the trans community in Spain.
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