The London police arrested four teenagers on Friday in the "homophobic" attack on a lesbian couple who were beaten bloody in a double-decker bus. One of the victims, Melania Geymonat, shared her terrible experience with last Sunday's social media incident. A group of young men asked her to kiss her friend Chris for their conversation on the upper deck of a night bus to West Hempstead when teenagers aged 15 to 18 years began to pester them with "indecent and homophobic" comments. According to Geymonat, the teenagers still attacked the couple as they tried to defuse the situation.
"They began to behave like hooligans and they asked us to kiss so they could enjoy watching us, calling us lesbians, & describing sexual positions, "she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. "Chris even pretended to be sick, but they kept harassing us, throwing coins and getting more and more excited about it, and next I know Chris is in the bus and fighting with them."
She added, "Out of an impulse, I went there just to see her face bleed and three of them beat her up, the next thing I know is that I'm beaten." Geymonat said she had become dizzy and she had fallen behind. Later, she discovered that the police had arrived on the bus and she had blood everywhere. A picture she uploaded with her Facebook post shows the two women on the bus with bloody faces and bloodstains on their clothes.
The teenagers ran away and a phone and a bag were stolen during the attack, the police said. Both women were hospitalized for facial injuries and later released.
In an update on Friday, police said the four women had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated hate crimes. They were taken to separate police stations for further questioning. The police also said they are checking surveillance videos of the attack.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack a " disgusting misogynist attack " on Twitter early Friday while asking the public for help to find the perpetrators.
"Hate crimes against LGBT + are not tolerated in London," he tweeted . Investigate the @metpoliceuk. If you have any information about this 101 call to report it.
As people attend celebrations of LGQBT rights for Pride Month around the world, Geymonat expressed disappointment at being scared of being attacked for being gay
"I'm tired of being considered a SEXUAL OBJECT, finding out that these situations are common, by gay friends who were hit ONLY BECAUSE they said." Msgstr "" "We need verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE endure, because when you stand up for yourself, something does not happen. I just hope that in June, Pride Month, such things can be said aloud so they stop happening! "