What happened: On August 9, 2022 in Strumica, one person physically and verbally assaulted two LGBTI+ individuals in front of their local office. After the information of two more attacks on the LGBTI+ community in Strumica, it was requested immediate response by SIA Strumica.
Brief description of the incident with bias indicators: In this incident the bias motive is the sexual orientation of the victims, with the bias indicators being:
- Sexual orientation – the victims belonged to a different sexual orientation
- Pattern of previous incidents – previous incidents towards individuals from the LGBTI community, specifically previous assaults towards the victim on the grounds of his sexual orientation
Impact on the victims and the community: These types of incidents call into question the general safety in the country, cohesion among different groups in the society, and especially the safety and security of the LGBTI community.