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Police held down and beat trans professor, punched his daughter

Police held down and beat trans professor, punched his daughter

Police jumped a Venezuelan trans man outside their own police station and beat him while shouting trans abuse.

That’s according to Venezeula’s leading LGBTI equality group. They just made public details of the attack, which happened on 31 January.

Sam Seijas went to the Poliaragua police station in the town of Calicanto with his 23-year-old daughter Aleska. The lawyer and university professor wanted to file a complaint about a domestic incident inside their home.

But when they left, Seijas claims a police officer, who has not yet been identified, assaulted him.

The officer attacked the man from behind. Seijas suffered a blow to the right side of his head. He fell onto a motorbike parked outside the station.

He was then held down and beaten up by a group of officers, according to the Asociación Civil Venezuela Igualitaria (ACVI).

When his daughter tried to help him, the first attacker allegedly punched her in the face.

One of the officers allegedly abused Seijas, saying ‘can you take it as a man?’

 

They were then dragged back into the station – Aleska by her hair – despite complaining. Officers wanted to take their belongings off them.

Seijas was also humiliated by police.

The ACVI accuse Commander Jhonny Hernandez of threatening the victim.

He allegedly told Seijas ‘[you should] ask God I won’t meet you alone in the streets at night’.

Seijas’ documents still carry his ‘dead’ name and gender, so authorities are still referring to him – inaccurately – as a woman.

Seijas’ aunt Graciela Seijas, who appeared as his lawyer, demanded respect for the provisions of the Organic Law on the Right of Women to a Free Life of Violence.

When she did, Commander Hernandez allegedly said: ‘Now, when you want to invoke the gender law, now you want to be a woman?’

The incident happened on 31 January but is only now being made public.

The ACVI has filed a public complaint about Seijas’ assault, quoting an individual’s right to live without being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation as outlined in the Venezuelan Constitution.