Hundreds march in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple

2017-04-06 09:02
Participants hold hands during a march against violence against gay people in Amsterdam.
(Evert Elzinga / ANP / AFP)

Participants hold hands during a march against violence against gay people in Amsterdam. (Evert Elzinga / ANP / AFP)

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Amsterdam — Hundreds of people walked hand-in-hand through Amsterdam on Wednesday to show solidarity with two gay men who were badly beaten over the weekend in the eastern city of Arnhem.

The peaceful march was part of a national outpouring of emotion over the beating of the married couple by a group of youths.

The men told police the confrontation started because they were holding hands.

Five suspects, all in their teens, will be charged on Thursday with causing serious bodily harm, prosecutors said, adding that they are still investigating the motive of the attack.

Marcher Marion van Hees, 68, said she campaigned for gay rights during the 1960s.

"I thought we were finished with it, that we had achieved it. But that is not the case, and that is very sad," she said. "So I'm going back onto the barricades."

Sjag Kozak, 42, an Israeli who married his husband in Amsterdam and has lived in the city for 21 years, said he wanted to show solidarity with the beaten men, but also "to show the world that it is possible to walk hand-in-hand in Amsterdam".

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