This rugby team won’t stop fighting for their team member hospitalised by a homophobic attack
A rugby team in Argentina is seeking action after a member of their team was hospitalised by a homophobic attack on Friday.
Jonathan Castellari was buying breakfast with a friend at a McDonald’s in Buenos Aires early on Friday morning, when he was targeted by seven men, saying homophobic words.
They followed Castellari into the car park, where they attacked, shouting slurs.
“Today at 6am, a group attacked my friend to within an inch of his life, shouting ’Fa*got’ and ’Fucking fa*got,” Castellari’s friend said on Twitter.
“It came just days after we were celebrating Gay Pride. He doesn’t know how many stitches he will need and they need to operate after a fracture in some part of his eye. Everything hurts.”
Castellari was given first aid by a nurse on the scene, and helped by his friend to hospital
His team, Ciervos Pampas, spoke out against the attack on Facebook, and support for their friend and team member.
They called on the authorities to acknowledge the attack as a hate crime, saying it was “not the consequence of a fight but a brutal homophobic attack.”
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On December 2nd they went ahead with their Cultural Festival, which Jonny had helped organise, holding a rally at it to denounce homophobia and show solidarity with him.
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