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Danish politician’s partner ‘violently attacked for being gay’

May 18, 2018
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Danish Ministers Inger Stoejberg, Troels Lund Poulsen, Mai Mercado, Simon Emil Ammitzboell-Bille, Lars Loekke Rasmussen (C), Soeren Pape Poulsen, Merete Riisager and Ole Birk Olesen walk in Copenhagen's Moeljnerpark residential area before a press conference on March 1, 2018.

The fiance of a high-ranking Danish politician was assaulted yesterday, allegedly for being gay.

Josue Medina Vazquez, who has been engaged to the Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen for a year, was violently attacked in front of a bar in Copenhagen at around 3:30am Thursday morning, The Local DK reported.

A man allegedly shouted: “I do not like homosexuals” before punching Vazquez in the face at the LA Tequila Bar in the city’s Gammel Mønt street.

Copenhagen police has said it has arrested a man of Slovenian origin on charges of “hate crime and violence.”

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The couple met in by chance in 2013, while Vazquez was working in Brussels. They are due to marry this year, but have not yet set a wedding date.

Poulsen said on social media: “We’re looking forward and processing the event as best we can now.”

Vazquez, who grew up in the Dominican Republic, has posted a picture on Facebook which says: “No to hate crimes.”

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Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who leads the Coalition which Poulsen serves in, added: “You should be free to live your life as you wish. It should be a matter of course in 2018. Thoughts to Søren and Josue.”

Poulsen, who is leader of the Danish Conservative Party, has served as the country’s justice minister since 2014.

Related topics: allegations of homophobia, alleged assault, attack, Denmark, denmark, Europe

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