The figures for homophobic attacks in Barcelona remain similar to those of 2019 (the year before the pandemic). During the first semester there have been 39 physical attacks on LGTBI people, according to the Observatory against homophobia, but the City Council is concerned about the increase in violence from these attacks. The last two took place during the Sant Joan bridge: a couple was attacked on the 24th in the Gràcia neighborhood; and on the 26th a group of a dozen young people attacked a 52-year-old man at Park Güell. The two cases are being investigated by the Mossos d’Esquadra.

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“Aggressions against the LGTBI group remain stable, but we have identified a rebound in violent cases in public spaces in the context of lack of con fi ne and in the afternoon or evening,” warns the Councilor for Citizen Rights of the City Council, Marc Serra. The mayor admits that the City Council is “concerned.” In addition to the cases of last weekend, Serra points out the three that occurred at the end of May, and especially that of the Somorrostro beach, when a couple was brutally attacked at night and before numerous testimonies.

“Many of the aggressions that we see are done in groups, and in these cases they are more violent,” adds the mayor, who warns of “a certain normalization of the discourses of intolerance towards the group in parallel to the normalization of these discourses in the media. of communication and institutions due to the entry of the extreme right into the institutions ”. “It is something that is happening throughout Europe”, he specifies and refers to speeches against the LGTB collective that “can be seen when turning on the TV, in Parliament or in Congress, which end up causing citizens to feel with more impunity and they come to perpetrate aggressions in broad daylight and even with testimonies ”.

Serra celebrates that in the last cases there is a lot of evidence, “because the testimonies take out the mobile and record.” And he also points out that the protocol between administrations works: with the entities, the Prosecutor’s Office against hate crimes and the Mossos d’Esquadra. However, it regrets that despite identifying the aggressors, it takes up to two and a half years for the cases to go to trial. Specifically, it refers to the attack on the Urquinaona square in January 2019, the perpetrators of which will be tried shortly.

The Mossos d’Esquadra are investigating the last two cases. The couple attacked on the 24th in Gràcia had to be treated at the hospital for bruises and filed a complaint the same night. In Park Güell, a group of ten people between the ages of 20 and 25 attacked a man, insulted him and hit him several times and shoved him in the lookout area. In addition, cash and credit cards were stolen. He also filed a complaint, police reported.

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