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Biscay LGBT Collective Calls for Avoid Stigmatization for Bilbao Murders

The Bilbao Bizkaia Harro platform called for “responsibility” in a statement not to increase “social anxiety” by influencing the alleged sexual orientation of victims of a multiple murder suspect in a city aggravated by two criminal investigations. . “It is a mistake to link the cases to the alleged sexual orientation of the victims, because that is how they fall into the error of stigmatizing them and blaming them for what happened,” says platform spokesman Arac Castro.

The dual investigation – with both procedures under strict secrecy – stems from a previous study by Ertzaintza that attempts to determine whether a series of deaths of middle-aged men, originally recorded as natural and known since the fall, are indeed crimes that remain connected to each other. . While a possible common element of all the deaths is that they met the suspect through a dating app called Wapo from the platform Harro, which is dedicated to recognizing and spreading information about the struggle of the LGTBIQ movement in Euskadi, they emphasize the importance of not focusing on the sexual orientation of the victims. “It is important for us to emphasize that the sexual orientation of the victims is not highlighted because we believe that in these cases it can increase social anxiety and criminalize the group,” says her spokesperson. He also expressed his support for the families of the victims and expressed his respect for the police investigation and “wishing it to end as soon as possible with the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the death.”

The mayor of the city, Juan Maria Aburto, also asked not to raise a public alarm and to allow time for the investigation to continue. “We cannot raise an alarm without knowing the data or what can be said that there are serial killers in Bilbao or something like that. We will let the investigation run its course and see what happens,” he said into the microphones of Cadena Ser. “We hold the media and citizens at large accountable so as not to increase the social anxiety that affects sexual victims by avoiding stigmatization of the LGBT community,” Harro adds.

Gehitu, an association for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Euskadi, differs in part from Harro and indicates that this is a “serious case of homophobia”. “We agree with Harro that we should not succumb to the stigmatization of the group and that there is still a lot of information that we do not know, but we believe that there is no room for debate about whether this is an attack on people from the group,” — he says. “Since last summer, the tension in the gay community has increased. We do not know if this is true, because since the time of Samuel [Luiz, en el que las grabaciones del crimen demostraron que el asesinato fue un linchamiento multitudinario] More cases of aggression or discrimination have become known, but the truth is that now we notice that there are much more of them,” they lament.

Meanwhile, police and court sources confirm that there is a suspect and that they have been trying to find him for some time. In these months, an indeterminate number of deaths thought to be natural have been considered, and traces of inhibitory substances have been found in toxic analyzes of cadavers carried out “a posteriori”.

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