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Weekend ReadsFive Arrested in London Bus Attack on Two Lesbians

12:05  08 june  2019
12:05  08 june  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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The attack took place on a London night bus on May 30 as the couple, Melania Geymonata and her partner Chris, were traveling home from an evening out together. Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on two women on a London bus that prompted widespread

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Five Arrested in London Bus Attack on Two Lesbians© Jens Kalaene/DPA, via Associated Press Buses at a side street of Oxford Street in London. The police said two gay women were attacked on a bus heading toward the Camden neighborhood last week.

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Arrests have been made over a homophobic attack on a couple after they refused to kiss while travelling on a London night bus on 30 May, Scotland The Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport unit tweeted from its account in reply to a new article on the homophobic attack , saying: " Arrests

Reports of homophobic hate crimes have risen steadily in London over the last four years, according to the Metropolitan Police’s crime statistics, with 2,308 reported in 2018, up from 1,488 in 2014. The police have attributed the increase, in part, to a greater willingness of people to report anti-gay crimes.

The attack took place around 2:30 a.m. on May 30 on a bus heading toward the neighborhood of Camden, according to the statement.

The women, sitting on the upper deck, were approached by “four males who began to make lewd and homophobic comments to them,” the police said. The two women were “punched several times” and robbed, the police said, and were treated at a hospital for facial injuries.

One victim described the attack in a Facebook post and in an interview with BBC Radio 4, identifying herself as Melania Geymonat. She said that she and her girlfriend, Chris, had been heading toward Camden after a date when a group of young men harassed them.

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London police have arrested four male teenagers in connection to the brutal attack on a lesbian couple that happened on a London night bus She started making jokes, hoping that she could calm the situation down, and her girlfriend even pretended she was sick, but that didn’t stop their attackers .

Couple say they were assaulted after refusing to kiss at request of group of young men.

“We must have kissed or hugged or something like that, because right away they saw that we were together, so they came after us,” she said in the radio interview. “They surrounded us and started saying, like, really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming that we should kiss so they could watch us.”

Ms. Geymonat said in the Facebook post that no one else was on the upper level of the bus. “In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away,” she wrote. “Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”

Then, she wrote, her girlfriend was “in the middle of the bus fighting with them,” her face bloodied. Ms. Geymonat told the BBC that she had tried to intervene, and was quickly assaulted. “The next thing I know is I’m being punched,” she wrote on Facebook. “I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back.”

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London police are investigating a "homophobic" attack on a lesbian couple who was allegedly assaulted A picture she uploaded with her Facebook post shows the two women sitting on the bus with Lesbian couple attacked by men on bus in London . "They started behaving like hooligans

Today, news of the attack is unavoidable. As Geymonat’s testimony and that horrendous crime scene image proliferate across my networks, I watch my How could this happen in London , one friend asks? It happens all the time, answers another. He speaks from experience: he was attacked twice

Ms. Geymonat said that she may have lost consciousness, and that at some point the bus suddenly stopped. “The police were there and I was bleeding all over.”

A photo posted to her Facebook page shows Ms. Geymonat, her white shirt spattered red and a gash on her nose, and her girlfriend, her own face red.

Ms. Geymonat did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attack or the arrests.

“This was a disgusting attack on two women who appear to have been picked out and targeted by a group of youths,” Detective Superintendent Andy Cox said in a statement. “The suspects have made a number of homophobic comments towards the couple before throwing coins at them. When the women tried to reason with the group, the attack escalated to an assault.”

He added that detectives were reviewing CCTV footage of the attack, and that “a number of active inquires are in hand to trace other individuals suspected to have been involved in the incident.”

Mayor Sadiq Khan of London condemned the attack, writing on Twitter: “This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack. Hate crimes against the L.G.B.T.+ community will not be tolerated.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, called the attack “absolutely shocking.”

“We must not, and will not, accept this homophobic and misogynist violence in our society,” he tweeted.

In the radio interview, Ms. Geymonat said that she had never been physically attacked before.

“I have gay friends who have been in the streets and they have been punched,” she said. “I know that there is a lot of violence, verbal violence, like all the time, and that’s the thing that, like, made me tell the story, you know? Even when these guys came, it was not the first situation when men see two women kissing and they start acting as if we were a joke.”

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