At least seven people are believed to have been killed in a mass shooting at a gay bar in Mexico last month.
The shooting took place three weeks before last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando but was not reported on by Western media, including by PinkNews.
The crime was originally reported as drug-related, with authorities in the country claiming it was “territorial”.
According to reports in South America’s Telesur, news of the attack in Veracruz barely managed to travel past the state’s border.
However, in the wake of last Sunday’s massacre – in which 49 people were killed in a gay bar in Orlando – the truth regarding the horrific act has finally began to emerge.
“In the early morning May 22, gunmen entered La Madame, a gay club in Veracruz, and proceeded to fire into the crowd of approximately 180 people,” the paper reports.
“In total, seven people were killed and at least 12 injured in the attack.”
Despite this, LGBT activists in the country say authorities continue to ignore the “homophobic aspect” of the crime.
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They say this theory is supported by the heightened risk of violence faced by the local LGBT community – many of whom also died during the Orlando attack.
A 24-year-old employee of the club told reporters at El Noreste that she witnessed an armed group enter the bar and open fire into a crowd of more than 200 people.
One of the victims – Luis Donaldo Rivera Calderon – had gone to the bar with his uncle, Luis Manuel Rivera Aguilar.
“They opened the doors violently and drew their guns. There were shouts,” Aguilar told local media.
“They had no mercy. Bullets ricocheted everywhere,” he added.
“The white tiles were stained red. Those who wanted to escape slipped in puddles of blood.
‘It was a slaughterhouse.”
Police said they launched a search for the gunmen, but no arrests were made.