Hooded Assailants Beat Gay Man, Carve 'F****t' on His Buttock: Report

A young gay man was held down by eight hooded men at knifepoint who then carved the word "f*****" into his behind, police say.

The 20-year-old was viciously attacked when the men reportedly forced their way into his home on Sunday afternoon in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid, Spain.

The victim told police eight individuals dressed in black sweatshirts and balaclavas assaulted him when he entered the doorway of his house around 5:15 p.m., cutting his lip with a knife before cutting his buttocks and marking him with the word "f*****", police sources told local publication elDiario.es.

The Madrid Central District Police Department originally filed a report on the incident, however the case has now been passed on to the Central District Police who are investigating the attack as a hate crime together with the Provincial Police Information Brigade, a group specialized in terrorism and crimes of radical organizations, the publication added.

En nuestra sociedad no tiene cabida el odio. Mi rotunda condena a este ataque homófobo. No vamos a permitirlo. Seguiremos trabajando por un país abierto y diverso, donde nadie tenga miedo a ser quien es, en el que todos/as vivamos libres y seguros.

Mi cariño al joven agredido. https://t.co/YDjWENyeVa

— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) September 6, 2021

The attackers reportedly shouted insults such as "s**t eater," "f**" and "disgusting," according to the victim's police statement.

Investigators say they are looking into CCTV footage and speaking with witnesses in hopes of identifying the alleged attackers.

The attack has been condemned by politicians across the European nation, including Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.

"Hate has no place in our society," Sánchez tweeted, as translated by Google. "My emphatic condemnation of this homophobic attack. We will not allow it. We will continue working for an open and diverse country, where no one is afraid of being who they are, where we all live free and safe."

Madrid Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida, also called for the attackers to face "the full weight of the law" and said his administration was committed to eradicating "any kind of homophobic behavior."

Earlier this year, on July 3, Samuel Luiz was killed in a suspected homophobic attack, sparking nationwide protests to demand better protection for gay people.

Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, died after he was beaten to death outside a nightclub in Corunna, northwestern Spain.

Six people have since been arrested in connection to the attack as thousands continue to take to the streets in cities across Spain to demand action against homophobic violence.

The Police and the Civil Guard received 610 complaints for hate crime offenses during the first six months of 2021, according to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior as cited by El Pais. The figure is a 9.3 percent increase compared to the same period in 2019, when 558 were counted.

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A protester holds up a heart with the rainbow colours splattered with red paint during a demonstration in Madrid following the killing of Samuel Luiz on July 3, 2021, in a suspected homophobic attack. OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images