Men Across the Netherlands Are Holding Hands


Tragedy has been met with a national show of solidarity in the Netherlands.

Following the brutal attack of a gay couple holding hands on Sunday, Dutch lawmakers and citizens—both gay and straight—have begun clasping hands in a show of support.

The couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, were assaulted as they left a bar by a group of six to eight people, who shouted slurs and attacked them with a pair of bolt cutters. Ronnie lost four teeth and required stitches for his lips, and Jasper sustained injuries to his chest, back, and legs.

Six suspects have been arrested: two 14-year-olds, three 16-years-old, and a 20-year-old man.

Almost immediately, as word of the attack spread via social media, the country responded with outrage and empathy.

Two Dutch politicians in the D66 party arrived to a meeting holding hands on Monday. Alexander Pechtold, the head of the party, told reporters, “We think it is quite normal in the Netherlands to express who you are.”

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

Across social media, other men joined in under the hashtag  #allemannenhandinhand.


Wij doen mee! Stop geweld tegen homo's. #allemannenhandinhand @barbarabarend

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Wij doen mee! Stop geweld tegen homo's. #allemannenhandinhand @barbarabarend #handinhand

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#allemannenhandinhand #mannenhandinhand #gay #love #couple #dingen #homophobia

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Samuel Braslow is an associate editor at FourTwoNine Magazine, and covers current events and politics for the website.

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