Thursday, April 6, 2017

March in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple

Thousands walked hand-in-hand through Amsterdam yesterday to show solidarity with two gay men who were badly beaten over the weekend in the eastern city of Arnhem.

The gay couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan, 35, and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, 31, told police the confrontation started because they were holding hands in public.

Five suspects, all in their teens, will be charged with causing serious bodily harm, prosecutors said, adding that they are still investigating the motive of the attack.

Politicians, sportsmen, actors, policemen and businessmen have all responded to the call. Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands Lodewijk Asscher posted a picture of himself holding hands with fellow Labour Party politician Jeroen Dijsselbloem.




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  4. Something is very wrong in the Netherlands if two men were beaten for holding hands. This would not have happened anywhere in the nation when I was a student there for one year 20 years ago. You could walk around anywhere pretty much - at any time -- being LGBT and not having to worry about it.

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