From Amsterdam to New York , London to Havana , Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The outpouring of support came after the married couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, said they were attacked by a gang of youths while holding hands on their way home from a party early Sunday. According to a statement the Arnhem police posted on Facebook, the two said they had been attacked by men wielding bolt cutters; one had some of his teeth smashed out. Prosecutors said five teenage suspects would be charged on Thursday with serious bodily harm. The authorities are still investigating the motivation for the attack, which the victims have characterized as a hate crime. The beating caused particular outrage in the Netherlands, which has long prided itself on its tolerance.
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The victims were holding hands walking home from a party early Sunday morning when they were confronted by a group of young men shouting slurs at them. They join two who were held by police right after the attack, another year-old boy and a man, aged D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and party member Wouter Koolmees arrived hand in hand at the negotiations on the formation of a new Dutch government on Monday. They were holding hands to show support for a gay couple who was attacked in Arnhem over the weekend, Het Parool reports.
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Vincent Dolman published a series of photos documenting the unusual yet interestingly beautiful love of holding hands among Indian men as they walk the busy streets of India. It was a beautiful picture. I was looking in the wrong places and the wrong time of day. In the West, where homophobia is quite rampant in some areas, this type of physical contact between two people of the same sex has made many men uncomfortable, according to Quartz. But in India, the gesture is common not only with men but for women as well.
That depiction of love between gay men is a rarity in public art, experts say. Muniz said it made sense to include the two men in a project intended to show the different people that riders are likely to encounter on their daily commutes. But that work, featuring two men standing and two women sitting, is expressly commemorative of a political moment. Nicholas Baume, public art fund director and chief curator, agreed. Stockman and Kellogg said they took the photo that is the basis for the mosaic by chance more than three years ago; they had gone to Brooklyn to meet up with a friend who was working on the project, and a photographer asked if they wanted to be photographed.