The false accusation of a young man who claimed to have been assaulted in a homophobic attack in Madrid sparked spirits in Spanish politics, with accusations between the PSOE government and the opposition, in particular the far-right party Vox.
It all started when a 20-year-old told police that he had been assaulted by eight hooded men in the middle of a Sunday afternoon in Madrid. In this alleged aggression, they tattooed the word “fagot” on the buttocks.
But, in the end, it turned out that it was an act consented to by the young man who would be adept of sadomasochistic practices.
He is believed to have lied to his boyfriend who took him to the hospital, where the case was reported to the police. The lie will have been motivated by the desire to hide your infidelity from your partner.
However, before knowing the truth, the false accusation ended up reaching the media as another case of homophobic aggression, following other similar situations that have appeared in recent times in the country.
News of the alleged aggression caused a stir in Spanish politics, with exchanges of mutual accusations between the various parties.
The target of Pedro Sánchez’s government was immediately Vox, with the argument that the supposed homophobic aggression was a result of its hate speech.
When it was discovered that, after all, the accusation was false, Vox and the Popular Party (PP) came to accuse the government of taking advantage of the case to advertise in its own cause.
“Government of Spain takes citizens for imbeciles”
The government even announced that it was going to direct more resources and more measures to combat hate crimes.
And the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, called an emergency meeting to discuss these measures, holding this meeting even after it was discovered that the complaint was false.
However, the main target of criticism is Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, with the opposition to ask for his resignation.
Following the alleged aggression, Marlaska’s ministry announced measures such as the creation of groups specializing in hate crimes within the intelligence units of the National Police and the Guardia Civil.
Now the opposition says it is a false new measure, as he argues that there were already specialists dedicated to this subject in the police corps.
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, elected by the PP with the support of Vox and Ciudadanos, is one of the voices calling for Marlaska’s resignation.
“O Government of Spain takes citizens for imbeciles“, criticizes Ayuso, noting that “Madrid is an open, plural region that respects the rights of all citizens”. “It is not possible to consent to the image that they wanted to convey to Madrid”, he also defends.
No Vox, Santiago Abascal accuses Marlaska of “manipulate” public opinion and of being “a compulsive liar”, while guaranteeing that his party is not homophobic, racist or sexist, and that he defends “all Spaniards”.
“We don’t understand that there is an LGTBI collective, we understand that there are Spaniards of one idea or another, of one sexual tendency or another. We don’t ask Spaniards about private matters, even less who they sleep with“, emphasizes Abascal.
The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, of the PP, accuses the government of wanting “Stigmatize or Vox”, stressing, however, that he does not agree with this party on several issues, such as gender violence and immigration.
Sánchez sends “affection” to LGBTI people
However, Marlaska has already guaranteed that he will not resign and asked to “not trivialize the aggressions” and “not to limit the problem to a specific case”.
“I never instrumentalize something so important how are the rights and freedoms”, he said even before pointing his claws at the opposition.
“We have a structural problem of political discourses, with declarations against tolerance and diversity, where the laws that guarantee rights and freedoms are questioned”, points out Marlaska.
And the minister has the support of Sánchez, who has already noted that this false accusation cannot cover “the reality that people of many sexual orientations suffer because of the fact that they are the way they are”.
“You hate crimes against LGBTI people increased“, stresses still Sánchez, sending his “love” to this community and guaranteeing “the Government’s commitment to defending their rights”.
The Monitoring Committee of the Action Plan for the Fight against Hate Crimes has already announced that it is necessary to strengthen the means to combat this type of case before the “steady growth around 9% per year” since 2014, as revealed by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.