Two Dutch lawmakers arrived to work holding hands yesterday to show solidarity with a gay couple who were brutally attacked over the weekend in the Netherlands.
Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and his husband, Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were viciously attacked by a group of young men Sunday morning as they walked home from a party holding hands. The couple say that a group of six to eight young men, began shouting anti-gay slurs before one of the assailants used bolt cutters to beat Ronnie in the face, knocking out several of his teeth.
Ronnie and Jasper were victims of a homophobic attack, this past weekend.
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.
Yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister posted a picture on Twitter holding hands with a man.
— Lodewijk Asscher (@LodewijkA) April 3, 2017
Men working for the Netherlands’ UN office also shared a picture of them holding hands as a group.
— Lise Gregoire (@LiseGvH) April 3, 2017
Police officers joined:
As did a professional soccer team:
And religious leaders.
Dominees uit het Groene Hart geven het goede voorbeeld: Ds David van Veen ( Ark van Reeuwijk) en ds Erick Versloot voor de Gereformeerde kerk inWaarder #allemannenhandinhand #IedereenGay “Natuurlijk doen wij mee! Stop geweld tegen homo's. Daarom staan we voor de kerk want dat is waar de kerk voor staat." #ADgroenehart #GroeneHart #Reeuwijk #waarder
And the Red Cross.