Press Center: Homophobic assault Poitiers: five minors arrested

A 37-year-old man was the victim of a violent homophobic attack by a dozen minors, on the night of May 19, 2020, Poitiers. He complained and testified.

Update: 7:55 p.m.

The prosecutor of the Republic of Poitiers, Michel Garrandaux indicates that this homophobic aggression is more broadly part of a series of robbery committed by five minors, between 19 and 29 May in the Moulin de Chasseigne sector. The authors, during their hearings, admitted that their actions were related to the sexual orientation of the victims. The five minors are summoned before the children’s judge, said the prosecutor who welcomes the responsiveness of the police services, which were able to quickly analyze the danger posed by the repetition of these homophobic attacks, and put everything in place work to put a stop to these unspeakable assaults.

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On May 19, 2020, around 1:15 a.m., Nol, 37, waits for a friend near the Moulin de Chasseigne, Poitiers. “I was looking at my cell phone when two young people arrived near my car.” Within minutes, the victim is surrounded by other young people. They are more than a dozen, in the end, aged 12 to 17 years, according to him. A cigarette then asks for the cell phone and money. Christmas refuses.

I don’t want to get into a circle of hate

Nol, 37, victim of homophobic assault Poitiers

First punch. And hatred. Unbearable: “One of them said to me: “We know you’re just a PD.” Punches, kicks. “I got out of the vehicle and wanted to flee but I did not have time because as soon as the first crowd, I took a trip and I fell. Once on the ground, I received blows from all young people. ”

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Injury to hands, knees, three weeks after the fact, Christmas still wears physical trauma of this homophobic aggression. It will be stopped until June 13. He has complaint against these young people for the aggression and the flight from his wallet and papers. The investigation is ongoing.

“Homophobia, there exists Poitiers”

“This is the first time I have experienced this type of verbal and physical assault. There is shame, humiliation, anger. I do not want to enter a circle of hatred, that this event spoils the rest of my life “, confides Nol, met this Thursday June 4 Poitiers in the presence of Yohann Allemand, correspondent of the Refuge, an association which supports victims of homophobia .

“People think that there is no Poitiers homophobia. Yes, there is and it is important to denounce it,” adds German Yohann. Since its creation, about fifteen months ago, Le Refuge has counted six homophobic attacks in Vienne. In 2019, acts related to homophobia (1,870) increased by 36% in France.

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