A crowd of outraged beachgoers were seen on video surrounding a squad of heavily armed police officers in Mexico and demanding the release of two men after they were arrested for kissing on a public beach, reports LGBTQNation.
The officers released the men after a crowd of parents and locals began chanting “I’m gay!” and “I’m gay too!” in solidarity with the men.
The now-viral video post alleges that arresting officers were “violent” and claims that the men were being arrested for kissing in front of “parents and children and they cannot be seeing this.”
Maritza Escalante can be heard arguing with the officers, saying “they were not committing a crime” and “they kissed like any other couple.”
Local police issued a statement after the confrontation explaining that the men had been arrested for “immoral acts and sexual erotic demonstrations, on the road or public places.”
“They claimed the men were having oral sex and that one of the men pictured in the video riled up the crowd by claiming it was discrimination,” according to the report. “No one on the beach saw the alleged sexual contact, but police say a citizen complaint spurred the arrests. Two officers reportedly saw the men kiss and returned with two ATVs and several armed officers.”