The Barcelona Councilor for Citizen Rights and Participation, Marc Serra, has warned that there will be no “margin of impunity” for the perpetrators of homophobic attacks, after this weekend three have occurred in different parts of the city, as explained.
He said it at a press conference this Monday after meeting with the president of the Observatori contra la Homofòbia (OCH), Eugeni Rodríguez, in which they reviewed the facts and have evaluated the operation of the protocol that was approved a year ago to guarantee legal advice and psychosocial support to victims.
The assaults took place in the district of Gràcia, in the one of the Fort Pienc -near the Auditorium-, and in the beach of the Somorrostro, and they affected a total of six victims, the most serious being that of the beach, since it required surgical intervention due to the breakage of a bone in the face.
“In a diverse city like Barcelona, which is a friend of the LGTBI collective, we are not going to allow actions of hatred and intolerance to take place”
Serra has assured that the protocol has worked and “has been adequately intervened” and that they are now focused on caring for the victims, that this week they will be able to meet with the City Council’s lawyer and receive psychosocial care.
Along the same lines, Rodríguez has indicated that it is “a spiral of lgtbiphobia” Barcelona is not used to -in his words-, and has celebrated the activation of the protocol and explained that four complaints have already been filed.
“In a diverse city like Barcelona, which is a friend of the LGTBI collective, we are not going to allow actions of hatred and intolerance to take place, “said Serra, who assured that they are working with the Mossos to identify the perpetrators and so that they can be judged.
Has qualified the facts of atypical and unusual, given that there have been three attacks in the same weekend, and because of the seriousness of one of them; and has announced that the City Council will not appear in the cause because it understands that its role is to coordinate services.
Despite this, he has conveyed a message of “tranquility and serenity” and stressed that hethe data of lgtbiphobic aggressions In recent years in the city they are very similar: 50 cases in 2019, 60 in 2020 and 28 cases until May 2021; While in all of Catalonia there have been 76 incidents and 80 victims this year, an increase of 1.5% compared to 2020.
Relationship between the 3 aggressions
Asked if there is a relationship between the three attacks, Serra explained that heand it is known that it is being investigated if there is some kind of nexus, but the information he has is that “there is no indication that the authors could be the same.”
On the other hand, he has reached out to new councilor for Feminisms and Equality, Tania Verge, to work “in the most coordinated way possible” and to be able to have the maximum impact in addressing these situations.
The Síndic de Greuges investigates homophobic attacks
The Catalan Ombudsman announced this Monday that Ex officio investigates the three homophobic aggressions that have taken place this weekend in Barcelona, has reported in a statement.
The Catalan ombudsman has addressed the General Directorate of the Police, who has asked what his intervention has been with regard to the victims and the alleged aggressors, if he has detected a increase in these criminal acts compared to the previous year and if you are studying take some extraordinary measure.
It has also requested information from the Barcelona City Council and the General Directorate for Equality of the Generalitat on the analysis they have made of the cases, the interventions they have carried out and whether they have decided to promote new awareness and prevention campaigns in this area.
The Catalan Ombudsman, Rafael Ribó, has shown “his solidarity towards people who have been harassed, threatened or attacked for their identity or sexual orientation “, and has asked citizens to get involved in defending their rights.
According to Ribó, cases like this weekend show that Catalan society is “far from a society of true equality in which everyone can live with the freedom to love and express themselves according to their gender identity. “