Hundreds march in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple

The protesters were showing solidarity for two gay men who were badly beaten in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem

The symbolic gesture was meant to show solidarity and support for a gay couple who were brutally attacked over the weekend.

Male colleagues from the Dutch Embassy London holding hands in protest against violence towards the LGBTQIA community.

Ronnie lost four front teeth, as well as part of a fifth one, and suffered a severed lip. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian issues, conflicts, global land and property rights, modern slavery and human trafficking, women's rights, climate change and resilience. But two of the country's other lawmakers went a step further, showing solidarity for the couple by holding hands as they arrived at a government meeting Monday.

Police have arrested six suspects in relation to the assault and are calling for witnesses to come forward.

The trend began this week with men posting images of themselves on social media with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand - meaning "all men, holding hands" -following a vicious assault on a gay couple in the Netherlands.

Journalist Barbara Barend tweeted to all men - encouraging them to hold hands in public in order to show support.

"We'll nearly never show in public that we are in a relationship", one of the victims, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan, told Dutch public broadcaster NOS, "But we had a few drinks, it was dark on the street and there were nearly no people, so we held hands".

In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage.

But it was politicians Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees from the Democrats 66 party who made the strongest statement, without using any words at all.

"Stop violence against gay people".

And despite these partisan times I think we can all agree that homophobes are fucking arseholes.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte immediately condemned the "terrible" incident.



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