Straight Dutch politicians are sending a message to homophobes in their country and throughout the world.   A couple of weeks ago, a gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were set upon by a group of thugs just because they were seen holding hands.  This happened in the city of Arnhem.  The couple was hospitalised.  Amongst the attackers was a 14 year old boy.

 

Holland was the first country to recognise same-sex marriage.  Having suffered through Nazi oppression, the Dutch have been displayed incredible tolerance and equality for its citizens.
 Following the shocking violent incident, politicians in the country are showing solidarity by holding hands in public.

Lodewijk Asscher, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party made a stand as part of the campaign, posting a photo to Twitter.

Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Democrats 66 party, also joined in, posting a photo to Twitter in which he is holding hadns with party member Wouter Koolmees.

The leader wrote: “Stop violence against gay people. #allemannenhandinhand”

The staff of the Dutch mission at the United Nations in New York also joined in, with men holding hands on the way to a protest against homophobia.

Police officers in the country also got in on the movement.

The King of the Netherlands recently made a historic visit to a Dutch LGBTI rights group.

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013, met with activists from COC Netherlands, a Dutch advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The visit, thought to be the first time the acting monarch has made a visit to an LGBT group, came as COC celebrated its 70th anniversary.

His wife, Queen Máxima  has also attended LGBT rights conferences in the past.The Netherlands has long been a progressive beacon, becoming the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.