Men Are Holding Hands to Protest Homophobia

And they're posting the pictures online
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:27 PM CDT
Men Are Holding Hands to Protest Homophobia
Police officers in the Netherlands hold hands in solidarity with a gay couple who say they were attacked Sunday while holding hands.   (Instagram)

A gay couple says they were holding hands when they were attacked by a group of men armed with bolt cutters early Sunday in the Netherlands, CNN reports. In the days since, hundreds of men in the Netherlands and beyond have held hands in solidarity and as a statement against homophobia. According to the BBC, men have been posting pictures of themselves holding hands on social media under the hashtags #handinhand and #allemannenhandinhand, which means "all men hand in hand." Photos have been posted by politicians, police officers, celebrities, athletes, business people, and more. Hundreds of people marched while holding hands Wednesday in Amsterdam, the AP reports.

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with the attack on the married couple. They're expected to be charged Thursday. Police have not offered a motivation for the attack. (More homophobia stories.)

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