PEOPLE across the Netherlands are holding hands in support of a gay couple who were assaulted on the weekend.

Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked by a group of teenagers on Sunday morning for holding hands. The couple were beaten with bolt cutters and sustained injuries including broken teeth and bruised ribs.

“That this can still happen in 2017 is incomprehensible and hard to understand,” said Vernes-Sewratan.

People are showing their support for the couple by holding hands on social media, a movement started by journalist Barbara Barend using the Twitter hashtag #allemannenhandinhand.

All kinds of Dutch celebrities are showing their solidarity, from DJs and football teams, to police and politicians.

Police have arrested six suspects in relation to the assault and are calling for witnesses to come forward.

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