On the last Saturday of July 2016, a Polish gay man was gaybashed by a gang of 20 teenagers in the Phoenix Park
“I went to the Phoenix Park on my bicycle,” Marcin told GCN.. “I cycled for a while and then walked. When it got dark at about 9:30pm I was passing by the Ambassador’s house, and a group of teenagers started insulting me.”
“They shouted: ‘You fucking whore. How much? We’ll kill you, fucking fag’ – stuff like that.”
“There were about ten teenagers in hoodies on bicycles and I spotted that they were followed by a black Volkswagen Golf.
“But I ran off and hid beside the cricket club.”
The gang of teenagers followed Marcin.
“They didn’t know that I was there for sure, because they were looking for me. I heard someone in the Golf shout: ‘You need to kill as many, beat up as many fags as you can’. I was just terrified.”
“They were going around in circles in the carpark with the lights on and they spotted me. They said ‘Get him!’ I got on my bike, and then they were pushing me from the bicycle lane onto the street while the Golf was following me.”
“They pushed me so hard that I fell and hit my head. Then the car stopped and the doors were opened and I heard someone giving something [to the guys on bikes] – it sounded like metal pipes – and then they started hitting me and kicking me all over.
“I got smacked in my face by a metal pipe. There were kicks all over my head, my body. I have injured my hands.”
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Fighting For His Life
“Then I started running. I was fighting for my life at this moment because I knew it was serious if they started hitting me that much.”
Marcin struggled to get away, and found himself behind the Golf. He “heard someone say ‘Run him over! Run him over!’ and the car started reversing.
“I jumped over to the ditch on the other side of the road and yeah started running. They were still chasing me, and I started screaming for help.”
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