Following An Attack On A Gay Couple, These Two Dutch Lawmakers Held Hands In Solidarity

"We think it is quite normal in the Netherlands to express who you are."

When a gay couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, was attacked in Arnhem, a city in the Netherlands, as they walked down the street holding hands, people around the world spoke out in support of them.

While many took to social media, two Dutch lawmakers, Alexander Pechtold, leader of the D66 party, and his party colleague, Wouter Koolmees, made a powerful statement by walking to work hand in hand, as reported by People.

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They made the powerful statement after Dutch journalist Barbara Berend encouraged men to show their support for Vernes-Sewratan and Vernes by holding hands in public places following the hate crime.

Pechtold told DutchNews.nl of the gesture, "We think it is quite normal in the Netherlands to express who you are."

Pechtold and Koolmees aren't the only ones to express solidarity for the couple. Men around the world are taking to social media to show their support by posting photos of themselves holding hands with each other.

They are tagging the photos with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand to express their solidarity. In English, the positive tag translates to "all men hand in hand."

Pechtold and Koolmees aren't the only ones to express solidarity for the couple. Men around the world are taking to social media to show their support by posting photos of themselves holding hands with people of the same gender.

They are tagging the photos with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand to express their solidarity. In English, the positive tag translates to "all men hand in hand."

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(H/T: People)

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