Thousands of people took to the streets yesterday (5) in several cities in Spain to protest against the murder of 24-year-old nursing assistant Samuel Luiz Muñiz. Born in Brazil, Samuel was attacked by a group of men at the door of a nightclub in the city of La Coruña, Galicia. Taken to hospital, the young man did not resist the injuries. The crime took place last weekend and is being investigated as motivated by homophobia.
The demonstrations spread to several Spanish cities in a matter of hours. Internet users of other nationalities started to share the hashtags created to demand justice, and even the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, spoke out about the murder. In his personal Twitter account, Sánchez wrote that he trusts the police investigation to clarify the facts and identify the aggressors. “We will not take a step back in terms of rights and freedoms. Spain will not tolerate it. All my support to the family [de Muñiz] and loved ones.”, says the Prime Minister’s message.
I trust that the investigation of @police Get ready with the authors of the assignment of Samuel and clarify the details. It was a saving and ruthless act.
We will not take a step back in rights and freedoms. España not lo va to tolerate. I all support your family and loved ones.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) July 5, 2021
The representative of the government of Galicia, which is a Spanish autonomous community, José Miñones, also used social media to condemn (https://twitter.com/jose_minones/status/1411767186054656006) the violence and promise justice to the victim’s family. “Our society cannot allow the violence that, this weekend, took the life of Samuel in La Coruña. I condemn and reject this deadly aggression”, wrote Miñones before asking the population to calm down. “The police are working to clarify the facts and bring the perpetrators to justice. In this moment of pain and anger, I appeal to prudence and responsibility.”
Our society cannot allow the violence that this weekend has ended with Samuel’s life in A Coruña. I condemn and reject this deadly aggression.
All my affection and solidarity with the family.
— Jose Miñones (@jose_minones) July 4, 2021
This morning, in an interview with the program Voices from A Coruña, from Rádio Voz, Miñones said that, in addition to taking images from security cameras installed near the scene of the crime, investigators have already heard statements from at least 15 people. Miñones did not specify, however, whether, among the deponents, there are only witnesses to the murder or also someone suspected of having assaulted Samuel. According to the representative of the Glícia government, there are several lines of investigation open, including homophobia.
A friend of Samuel’s who was with him in the early hours of Saturday (3), told the Spanish press that a young man started to attack the nurse’s assistant after thinking he was filming him. The young woman, whom Spanish journalists are identifying only as Lina, said that she and Samuel had left the club and were making a cell phone video call with a third person, when the assailant, accompanied by a young woman, started screaming for Samuel to stop. shoot it.
According to website La Opinion, from Coruña, Lina reported that she and Samuel told the boy that they were talking to a friend, but he didn’t believe it and began to offend the nursing assistant with homophobic terms. The two argued and then the boy started to attack Samuel, who fell to the ground. A third man broke the fight and the situation calmed down, to the point that Lina moved away from Samuel to collect the young man’s cell phone and other belongings that had been scattered during the melee.
Still according to the report shared by website La Opinion, it was while returning to her friend that Lina saw other people attacking Samuel. According to her, at least seven young people, including the first aggressor, beat Samuel a lot, ignoring his screams and warnings that they were going to kill him. The group dispersed before the arrival of the first police officers, leaving Samuel unconscious.
Born in Brazil, Samuel lived in Spain from the first years of his life. He worked for an entity that takes care of the elderly and children up to 3 years old, the Royal Beneficent Institution Padre Rubinos. Yesterday, people served, employees and volunteers gathered in the entity’s courtyard and held a minute of silence in honor of Samuel.
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