A gay rugby player was brutally beaten by seven men in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Left for dead, the 25-year-old man is currently recovering in the hospital but could lose an eye.
Jonathan Castellari was getting breakfast with a friend in Buenos Aires when he was beaten by a group of seven men, who allegedly called the out athlete homophobic slurs.
Castellari was hospitalized with a fractured eye. His friend Agustina Vivero posted photos of him beaten and bloodied.
Alongside the tweet, he wrote: “Today at 6am, a group attacked my friend to within an inch of his life, shouting ‘faggot’ and ‘fucking faggot.’”
Hoy a las 6AM, al grito de "puto" y "puto de mierda" le pegaron a uno de mis amigos de toda la vida, con el que hace días estábamos divirtiéndonos en la Marcha del Orgullo. Tiene no sé cuantos puntos y lo tienen que operar por una fractura en no sé que parte del ojo. Le duele tod pic.twitter.com/LSA4j0tsHO
— Agustina Vivero (@soycumbio) December 1, 2017
“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.”
A statement from an LGBT rights organization in Argentina read: “From the Argentina LGBT Federation we are already accompanying them during this terrible moment and doing everything in our power to ensure that the justice system responds quickly and finds those responsible.”
Castellari is a member of Ciervos Pampas Rugby Club, an organization that aims to fight discrimination and homophobia.
Since the attack, the group has held demonstrations at the site of the gay rugby player’s brutal beating, demanding that anti-discrimination laws are put into place.
Another team member wrote on Facebook: “Jonathan is part of our team at BA Subte. This morning, while I was having breakfast, Córdoba and Medrano were savagely attacked by 7 males. The motive? Use the t-shirt you see in the picture. We cannot accept violence. We cannot look at the side of discrimination and hatred. If you were a witness, we asked you to come back and testify. We have to end the sexist and homophobic violence because #loveislove without a step back.”
Jonathan es parte de nuestro equipo en @basubte . Esta mañana, mientras desayunaba en Av. Córdoba y Medrano fue atacado salvajemente por 7 varones. ¿El motivo? Usar la remera que ves en la foto. No podemos aceptar la violencia (sigue) pic.twitter.com/sfRttG9Dfo
— Franco Moccia 🌱 (@francomoccia) December 1, 2017