A news channel in Honduras has captured a video of a trans woman being brutally beaten by a police man.
The video released by Channel 6 shows a transgender woman on the receiving end of punches and kicks from two men, one reportedly a member of the military police.
The scene took place in San Pedro Sula, a city in the north west of Honduras.
News source La Prensa reports the trans woman was a sex worker, and was involved in a dispute with a client over payment when the police got involved.
The video shows the trans woman being punched, kicked and thrown to the ground where she severely knocks her head.
Antonio Sanchez, spokesman of the Armed Forces of Honduras, denied the police had anything to do with the mistreatment of the woman.
‘The video was manipulated,’ he said.
However, LGBTI activists have slammed the video, saying it is another example of how LGBTI people are marginalized and victimized.
Mario Schauer, activist and amanger of eqaulit group Breaking the Taboo, said the video was ‘homophobia at its best.’
‘The LGBT community is the most ignored,’ she said.
The LGBTI community marched for equality on 25 July, demanding hate crimes against gay people were stopped.
More than 168 members of the LGBTI have been killed since 2009, and so far in 2014 there have been 34 murders of members of the LGBTI community.
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