Dutch Lawmakers Hold Hands In Moving Display Of Solidarity With Gay Couple Brutally Attacked With Bolt Cutters

We need more politicians like this!

Two Dutch lawmakers arrived at work holding hands today in solidarity with a gay couple brutally attacked over the weekend in the Netherlands.

Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked by a group of young men Sunday morning as they walked home from a party holding hands. Bolt cutters were used by the group of attackers.

“[Ronnie’s] upper lip has one laceration, and he has lost 4 front teeth and partly a 5th tooth from the cutters, the lip is now in the hospital but the teeth are a bigger problem and need to be reset,” wrote Jasper Vernes-Sewratan, in a Facebook post after the attack.

Ronnie and Jasper were victims of a homophobic attack, this past weekend.

“What a nice date night was has become a nightmare. That this can still happen in 2017 is incomprehensible and hard to understand because in the end, we are just Dutch in our own country, but it can’t be like that, apparently, because of homosexuality.”

The police now have the suspects in custody.

In response to the attack, journalist Barbara Barend called on all men in the Netherlands to hold hands in public in a show of support.

D66 party leader Alexander Pechtold and party member Wouter Koolmees responded to the call by holding hands today for negotiations on the formation of a new Dutch government.

“Getting roughed up because you love each other is too horrible for words,” LGBT interest organization COC wrote in a letter.

The organization is calling for more severe punishments for anti-LGBT violence and for more information classes at schools to prevent such violence. They want the next government to give “top priority” to combating violence against LGBT people.

Pechtold told Het Parool he “absolutely” agrees with the COC’s call.

Again I say: more politicians like this, please!