Transgender rights organisations in Ecuador have called for a full investigation after a video emerged showing the lynching of a transgender woman in the Andrean centre of Ecuador last Saturday.
In a letter released by the National Trans Revolution Coalition said that at least five men assaulted two transgender women with stones adding that one of the women was later “killed with stones, kicks, and punches.”
The whole incident was recorded in a video by a local and was uploaded by the coalition on social media.
The video shows “the torture, viciousness, stoning, aggression and incisive violence against the partner, who was later killed with kicking, punching and stones by these five individuals.”
The National Trans Revolutions Coalition includes organisations such as Silueta X, Crisalys and Orgullo LGBTI. They wrote in their letter:
“we publicly denounce that on Saturday, October 20, 2018, a trans woman was murdered by more than five individuals in the province of Cotopaxi.”
“In the video that you can see in our network, you see how more than five people practically lynch a trans woman, while another trans woman tries to defend herself,” continued the statement.
“We request the national government of the president Lenin Moreno, to undertake necessary investigations to find the guilty of this execrable act. We also request that both national and local authorities offer guarantees and protection to life and free transit of trans women.
“We regret what happened with our murdered partner in the streets of Cotopaxi. We hope that the authorities, but especially the national government, will rule, rejecting this type of acts against trans women in our country,” concluded the letter.
The coalition has witnessed an increase in hate crimes against trans people in Ecuador which they attribute to an increase in hate speech by ultra-conservative groups, the church and politicians.
This is a trend also happening in neighbouring Brazil where the country’s democracy is being threatened by the extreme right-wing, presidency candidate Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who has been compared to Trump and Hitler in his way of thinking and political strategies.
Supporters of Bolsonaro have been targetting and murdering transgender people in Bolsonaro’s name.
The candidate hasn’t said anything to stop this from happening, even though he is aware of his influence in the country, it has just shown that nothing is totally bad until it gets worse.
The final round of the Brazilian elections is on October 28 as Bolsonaro takes on Haddad in the race for the presidency.
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