Gay Couple Attacked By Teens With Boltcutters For Holding Hands

"We shouted something back and walked on, but all of a sudden they came after us."

By Eric Shorey

Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, a gay couple in Arnhem, Netherlands, was attacked by teens brandishing bolt cutters as weapons on their way home from a party. Ronnie lost four teeth, while Jasper escaped with bruises on his ribs, back, and knees.

"We'll almost never show in public that we are in a relationship," Jasper said. "But we had a few drinks, it was dark on the street and there were almost no people, so we held hands." The two were eventually approached by a gang of six to eight men.

"They began to shout: disgusting, dirty, homo, such things. We shouted something back and walked on, but all of a sudden they came after us," Jasped added. "Suddenly I saw a guy pull bolt cutters out of his jacket and I heard Ronnie screaming: Jasper, Jasper, they knocked all my teeth out of my mouth' ... He was very upset. I immediately called 112. The ambulance took us to the hospital, where his lip was attached."

So far, four people, a 14-year old and three 16-year olds, have been arrested in connection with the attack.

In the days after the attack, two Dutch politicians, Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees, were seen holding hands in solidarity with the victims.

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