Justice for Samuel. That was the main call - but not the only one - of the hundreds of people (mostly young) who gathered in Malaga's Plaza de la Constitución this Monday, 5 July, following the murder of a 24-year-old man last weekend in A Coruña; a crime that, according to several witnesses, had homophobic motives.
The square was covered with rainbow flags and the scene was far removed from the usual jovial atmosphere that normally marks LGTB rallies.
A group of Malaga lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual associations, read a manifesto which read: “Samuel was murdered in A Coruña, breaking the rights of freedom, equality and diversity inherent in every human being. During the Pride weekend celebrations, in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, there have also been attacks on people belonging to the LGTB communities," they said.
The rally in Malaga was repeated in more than fifty Spanish cities, and social media networks were flooded with messages under the hashtag #JusticiaParaSamuel, given that the murder is being seen as a homophobic attack, although at this point it has not yet been confirmed by official sources. Thirteen people are currently being investigated by police in connection with the fatal beating.
Samuel's murder in Galicia's A Coruña has come at a time when attacks on the LGTB community in Andalucía have increased by more than 20 per cent in the last year alone, as recently reported by SUR. The total number of incidents registered against the group in 2020 was 419, compared to 349 in 2019.
Antonio Ferre, president of Andalucía Diversidad also revealed that he was worried that only six out of ten of these alleged attacks end up being reported to the police.