Protesters of a pan against the Government threaten and insult a young gay man in Madrid on the International Day Against LGTBIphobia
GAYLES.TV.- On May 17 Joselu Martos decided to go outside in the neighborhood of Arganzuela de Madrid with a rainbow flag to celebrate the International Day Against LGTBIphobia. "As soon as I left my block, they insulted me shouting 'fag'. I decided to go for a walk, and every step I took was one more insult. The 28-year-old, originally from Sevilla and resident in Madrid capital for a few years, went down to the street just as a group of people dressed in flags of Spain marched to the cry of "freedom"And"government resignation".
The insults went further and he decided to turn around and go home. As he made his way to his portal, the violence began to escalate. "I was surrounded by a group of five or six people who kept insulting me. They started to grab me by the sweatshirt and one of them started hitting the saucepan a few inches from my face”, He relates. "I did not answer them at any time, but they did not stop saying that I was provoking with my flag" They also told him that he had to wear the flag of Spain and they reminded him that in Venezuela I couldn't get the flag LGTB +, something he did not understand.
The residents of Arganzuela defended the young man
The incident continued until a couple of neighbors came down to help him. "They stood next to me and that made the group of people who insulted me leave, but suddenly another man appeared and continued with the provocation. What provocation? I was only claiming the fight against LGTBiphobia, which is still as necessary as has been shown by this, " explains Joselu.
Other neighbors notified the police that he appeared at the scene and asked both parties about the events. "The man barely let me talk and continued with what he was provoking, to which the agent replied that, if my Pride flag offended him, then it was he who had a problem" After what happened Mark has filed a complaint advised by the Madrid Observatory against LGTBiphobia"It may seem insignificant, but it is not, it is the harassment that we suffer continuously. LGTBI. If we do not report it, it seems that it does not happen"Adds the young man.
That boy is me. I only went out to my street with the flag on the Day against #LGBTIphobia, smiling, without further ado.
I have received insults, threats, even physical contact has been reached. No one has asked me anything, I have only received hatred and a casserole towards me. https://t.co/of55jZEwLa
— Hoçe ۞ (@illojoselito) May 17, 2020
Photography: Alex Rogue