The President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, called an urgent meeting of a commission for efforts to tackle hate crimes, Hooda attackers beat up a 20-year-old man in Madrid and used a knife to carve an adjective on his butt.
Sanchez wants to assume leadership on the matter “first-hand” and will attend the meeting, spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said on Tuesday after a cabinet meeting.
He stated that “the fact of these characteristics … alerts all of us as a society.”
The man was assaulted in the attack on Sunday afternoon when he entered the building where he lives in the neighborhood of the capital.
The attackers initially hurled homophobic abuses at her and then slit her mouth with a knife and used her butt to hurl insults at her.Police sources quoted Spanish news agencies EFE and Europa Press as saying.
Activist groups say attacks against LGBTQ people are on the rise in Spain and have announced protests for the next few days. Activists claim that official figures capture only a fraction of the problem because many incidents go unreported.
In July, a 24-year-old man was killed in an attack in which a friend of the victim said he was beaten to death for being gay.
Police are investigating Sunday’s attack, which was condemned by the country’s political leaders. No arrest has been reported.