Dutch men are holding hands en masse in wake of a brutal

first_img Apr 6th 2017, 12:17 PM A couple holds hands as protesters march through Amsterdam yesterday Source: AP/PA ImagesDUTCH MALE POLITICIANS, police, and diplomats have taken to streets around the world holding hands this week in a very public show of support after a brutal attack on a gay couple.Pictures of men walking around hand-in-hand in places from the Netherlands to London and New York have gone viral under the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (or “all men hand-in-hand”) on social media.The move came after Jasper Vernes-Sewratan (35) and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes (31) were attacked on their way home early last Sunday in the eastern city of Arnhem.One of them lost several teeth and got a bloody lip after being attacked with a bolt-cutter.Five teenagers, two 14-year-olds and three aged 16, are due to appear before magistrates today, after handing themselves in following the attack, Dutch prosecutors said.It is believed all five took part in “very serious offences”, the prosecution service said in a statement, adding they faced charges of grievous bodily harm. Short URL Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 12:17 PM 23,081 Views Share645 Tweet Email “We don’t usually do that, holding hands in public,” Sewratan-Vernes told the public broadcaster NOS after the attack.But we had had a nice evening, it was late and we thought we were alone.The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001 and the attack has shocked the Dutch.In response, journalist Barbara Berend called for men to hold hands as a show of solidarity.Her call won high-level support when the leader of the Democracy D66 party Alexander Pechthold and his colleague Wouter Koolmees arrived at the parliament building in The Hague on Monday morning holding hands.Since then, the gesture has been replayed by Dutch men around the world, while yesterday dozens marched in Amsterdam holding hands, and carrying rainbow-coloured umbrellas. Source: Alexander Pechtold/Twitter Male colleagues from the Dutch embassy in London and Canberra tweeted a picture of them stepping out hand-in-hand, following similar images from the Dutch delegation at the United Nations in New York.Even NEC Nijmegen, a football team in Holland’s first division, the Eredivisie, got in on the act, posting a picture on its Twitter account of the team lined up holding hands facing its stadium.“The NEC turns its back on anti-gay violence,” reads the caption.© – AFP, 2017Read: Tapas restaurant and grocer among six food outlets served with closure orders in MarchRead: One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics http://jrnl.ie/3326741 75 Comments Dutch men are holding hands en masse in wake of a brutal attack on gay couple The trend comes after gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked on their way home last weekend in Arnhem. N.E.C. keert geweld tegen homo’s de rug toe. #allemannenhandinhand #handinhand @3FM pic.twitter.com/ADxjti0iMO— N.E.C. Nijmegen (@necnijmegen) April 3, 2017 Source: N.E.C. Nijmegen/Twitter By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wij doen mee! Stop geweld tegen homo’s. #allemannenhandinhand @barbarabarend pic.twitter.com/zsLY7Z0SqM— Alexander Pechtold (@APechtold) April 3, 2017last_img read more