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The police officers who detained a gay couple and their tour guide are now under fire for homophobia. Foto: File

Tulum’s police deparment is under fire after two officers detained a gay couple for kissing on the beach. 

The American couple and their tour guide from Mérida left Tulum shortly after the incident.  

“These actions are beyond unacceptable. I have issued a formal complaint against the police officers with Mexico’s human rights commission,” said Maritza Escalante, municipal delegate serving Isla Mujeres. 

Earlier: Tulum police to gay couple: You can’t kiss here

The police officers involved argued that they took action because the couple was having sex on the beach, however, witnesses report that they had only been kissing.

Several LGBTQ groups have called the public to participate in a peaceful protest at Tulum city hall on Sunday 28 at 1:00 PM.

“We are going to Tulum. The violations of our rights must stop right here. These are not just rumors, they are violent acts that the government does not want to recognize.” said the LGBTQ group Playa Pride via Twitter.

Tulum’s city hall and the city’s police department have yet to make any official statements regarding the incident.

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