Over the weekend, a gay couple was attacked by a homophobic group. This is how men in The Netherlands are showing solidarity with the victims.
On April 1, 2017, couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked by a group of approximately 6-8 homophobic men in The Netherlands. The reason why? The duo was holding hands.
During the ordeal, Ronnie was beaten with a pair of bolt cutters, resulting in him losing four teeth. Jasper suffered injuries to his chest, back, and legs, relays RTL Niews.
Because The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001, the incident has sparked outrage worldwide – but particularly among Dutch citizens. Following on the heels of Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemning the violence, two politicians unknowingly started a trend when they held hands on their way to give talks on the formation of a new Dutch government in The Hague.