PRIDE activists are holding a peaceful protest in Edinburgh tomorrow against continuing violent attacks on members of the LGBT+ community.

It comes after a group of men attacked a married gay couple in their 30s on Edinburgh’s Leith Street almost a fortnight ago, in what police have described as a “hate crime”.

Witnesses said four men punched, kicked and spat on the victims and left them in a pool of blood. They then stole a bag and fled the scene shortly after 9pm on July 30.

One of the victims was taken to hospital for his injuries.

In a Facebook post, Pride Protest Edinburgh said they refused to be silenced.

“On July 30, 2021, those who wish to oppress us, launched another devastating attack on two members of our community right on the threshold of our queer neighbourhood, our safe spaces,” they said.

“Pride remains a protest to this day.

“While we have come a long way there is evidently still a long way to go before, we, as members of marginalised communities, can be free to walk our streets as our truest selves.

“This is the time for us to come together, show our resilience and stand up for our freedom.

“We will not remain silent, have this act of injustice pass unaddressed and allow fear to manifest.”

The group said they had to take the opportunity of shifting the narrative away from victims to a symbol of unity.

They added: “When raised together, our voices and our presence is powerful. We will send a clear message that social injustice can no longer remain the reality.

“This is our opportunity to come together and put in the work to create a stronger, safer future for Scotland and the community of Edinburgh.

“To the victims of the assault, we stand with you, we stand for you, you are love, you are loved. None of us are free until all of us are free.

“Standing in solidarity is a recognition of the fact that our marginalised community can channel our collective power and be stronger than ever.”

Those joining the protest are asked to wear a mask, bring hand sanitiser and to remain at a distance from other protesters if they feel safer.

One witness told journalists at the time of the attack that it appeared to be unprovoked.

The National:

“I was crossing the road towards parking for the Omni centre,” they said.

“I had headphones on, I was looking at the ground and suddenly there was glass everywhere, a man on the ground with four other assailants surrounding him kicking and punching.

“When I spoke to the victim afterwards he told me one minute he was speaking to a woman about doing motivational speeches and next thing he was being assaulted.”

They added: “It was unprovoked entirely.”

Detective Inspector Mark McGraw said: “The investigation into an assault and robbery against two men on Leith Street, Edinburgh on Friday, July 30 is ongoing and being treated as a hate crime.

“We understand hate crimes can have a huge impact on those targeted, and an attack on people because of their sexual orientation, gender, race or beliefs, is not only abhorrent but will not be tolerated.”