Men, many of whom say they identify as straight, began posting photographs of themselves holding hands with other men on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand. Pechtold tweeted a picture of himself and Koolmes holding hands with the caption, "Stop violence against gays". Amsterdam, the capital, has been a haven for sexual minorities for centuries, and it has marketed itself as the "gay capital of Europe".
Alexander Pechtold, leader of the liberal D66 party, and his party colleague Wouter Koolmees, made the symbolic gesture right before a meeting to discuss the formation of a new Dutch government. Both suffered injuries and Ronnie had several teeth knocked out when, according to Jasper's account, one of the assailants used bolt cutters to beat Ronnie in the face.
Other Dutch politicians who showed their support were Labour leader Lodewijk Asscher, who went for a walk with caretaker Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
The Dutch have a unique way of most things, even protesting.
The incident triggered angry responses throughout The Netherlands, a country that became the world's first to introduce same-sex marriage in 2001.
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Men up and down the country are holding hands as a sign of solidarity towards a gay couple who were viciously attacked over the weekend.
The Dutchmen took to the streets around the world holding hands this week in a very public show of support for the LGBT rights.
Dutch football club N.E.C. Nijmegen posted a photo of players holding hands outside its stadium.
She said: "I thought we were finished with it, that we had achieved it".
Dutch embassy personnel in New York City join hands against hate against the LGBTQ community.
Dutch police have arrested three teens and a 20-year-old man in connection to the attack.