People across the Netherlands are holding hands in public in a show of support for a gay couple who were assaulted last weekend.
Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes wrote on Facebook they were attacked by a group of teenagers for holding hands on Sunday morning, and suffered injuries including broken teeth and bruised ribs.
Four people involved in the attack had been arrested, the NL Times reported.
In response dozens of Dutch celebrities, police officers, politicians and sports stars have held hands, with photos shared on social media with the Twitter hashtag #allemannenhandinhand, a trend started by Dutch journalist Barbara Barend.
And on Wednesday, hundreds of people marched hand-in-hand through the streets of Amsterdam.
See some of the photos below:
— Lise Gregoire (@LiseGvH) April 3, 2017
— Lodewijk Asscher (@LodewijkA) April 3, 2017
— Dutch Embassy London (@NLinUK) April 4, 2017
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
Men all over the world are standing up to homophobia by holding hands. Famous figures and ordinary Dutch citizens have been posting images of themselves on social media with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (all men, holding hands). The trend was sparked by reports of a gang attack on a gay couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan, 35, and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, 31, in Arnhem, a city in the east of the Netherlands, in the early hours of Sunday morning. (??: Saskia van Pelt)
— Dutch Embassy (@NLinAustralia) April 5, 2017
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