homophobic attacks provoke protests in Barcelona

A gay rights group in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain warned of increased incidents of homophobia following the attacks in Barcelona over the weekend.

The Observatory Against Homophobia (OCH) said that five gay men were injured in three separate attacks.

In the most serious incident, a man needed facial surgery after he and his friends were attacked on a beach.

Police are investigating but have not made any arrests, local media reported.

Local politicians took to social media to condemn the attacks.

"We will never normalize this situation," tweeted the municipality's citizenship rights holder, Marc Serra Solé.

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OCH president Eugeni Rodríguez said the incident on Barcelona's Somorrostro beach involved two homosexual couples who were attacked by three men.

The men approached them, insulted them and then attacked them after verifying that there were no police in the area, Rodríguez said, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The most seriously injured victim was operated on Sunday.

Rodríguez called the incident "barbaric" and said the number of homophobic attacks was increasing.

"It is a spiral that we are not used to, it is one of extreme violence," Rodríguez said. "It is terrible that, after the pandemic, we are in this situation."

The OCH has registered 76 attacks of this type in Catalonia so far this year.

The other homophobic attacks in Barcelona over the weekend took place in the Gràcia district on Saturday morning and another later in the day near the city's auditorium, OCH said.

Catalonia's Equality Minister Tània Verge also condemned the violence and tweeted that fighting homophobia was a high priority for her department.

Written by saadghufran25

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