Dutch men hold hands against homophobia

Apr 07, 2017, 02:14
Dutch men hold hands against homophobia

From Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Straight men across the Netherlands are sharing pictures of themselves holding hands, following an alleged street attack on two gay men in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Participants hold hands during a march against violence against gay people in Amsterdam.

Politicians, government officials in Netherlands joined the protest as leader of the Democrats D66 party Alexander Pechtold and his spokesperson Wouter Koolmees arrived hand-in-hand for talks in The Hague, according to media reports.

They peacefully walked through the city, hand in hand, to take a stance against homophobic violence. "Suddenly I saw a guy pull bolt cutters out of his jacket and I heard Ronnie screaming: Jasper, Jasper, they knocked all my teeth out of my mouth'".

The movement encompasses politicians, celebrities, athletes, and civic activists and is gradually spreading beyond the Dutch border in a symbolic protest against homophobia, from Italy to NY and from London to Canberra.

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The Dutch politicians made the gesture after the couple were attacked in Arnhem while returning home from a night out over the weekend.

The male employees of the United Nations also participated in NY, as did the country's police force on Instagram.

The attack has shaken the Netherlands, a socially progressive country that became the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001.

A 20-year-old man, a 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds have reportedly been arrested in connection with the attack on the couple.

Other prominent Dutch figures participated in the campaign, including other politicians, a popular radio presenter and a football club. Particularly not in daily life, so I think it's very important that we show this week that it's absolutely normal'.

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