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Dutch male politicians walk hand in hand after brutal attack on gay men

Dutch politicians walked to their parliamentary meetings on 4 April holding hands, sending a powerful message of solidarity after two gay men were brutally attacked in The Netherlands.

The leader of the liberal democratic party D66, Alexander Pechtold, and the Labour Party (PVDA) leader, Lodewijk Asscher, were photographed walking hand in hand with fellow politicians in The Hague. The images have been trending on social media with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (#allmenhandinhand).

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The gesture was in response to an assault on a gay couple in Arnhem, a city in the east of the Netherlands, that took place over the weekend. Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Verne were attacked by a group of youths in the early hours of Sunday morning for holding hands while walking through the city.

Vernes-Sewratan told Dutch broadcaster NOS: “We don’t usually do that, holding hands in public, for the very reason that we don’t want to provoke people. But we’d had a nice evening, it was late and we thought we were alone.”

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“Then suddenly there was a group of six to eight Moroccan youths. Before I knew it I was on the ground fighting with three men on top of me,” he said. Sewratan-Verne lost five teeth in the attack.

LGBT organisation COC called on Dutch Minister Edith Schippers, who is leading the cabinet formation negotiations, to ensure that the new government makes homophobia a “top priority” that requires serious attention.

Dutch delegates at the UN headquarters in New York also showed their support by crossing the street hand-in-hand, while police officers were photographed holding hands in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Smoked Pork Loin on Dutch Crunch, Homemade (Oakland, CA)

The other day it started raining in big heavy drops while I was out giving the ol’ smoke to a three pound pork loin. 

Smoke from the wood chips is joined by steam from the drops evaporating all over the super hot BBQ surface.

Missing pics here but basically the loin is seared on either side quickly, then set on the cool side of the smoker, glazed with chili sauce & rotated every 30-40 minutes as fresh wood chips are added.

Carves up nice & moist. The outer edges & fatty layer focus on the flavors of smoke, black pepper, chili, & sugar. The juicy interior stays very porky.

The smoke was only on it for an hour and fifteen minutes so you might notice there isn’t much of a smoke ring, but that’s okay with a relatively fast-cooking, tender roast like loin. This was finished in the oven on low.

“cuz the Dutch STAY crunchin”

Corn salad of bacon, jalapeño, shallot, chives, pozole seasoning, cilantro, & lots of lime juice.

All slapped onto one delicious sammy with just a taste of Thai chili sauce under the loin. I like a nice tart limeade with mine thank you.