"Moroccans throw gay man in water"
25 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – A 38-year-old Amsterdam man has reported that three Moroccan youth assaulted him on Thursday night and forced him to swim around in the water in the Rembrandt park for two hours as they threw sticks and branches at him.
25 May 2007
AMSTERDAM – A 38-year-old Amsterdam man has reported that three Moroccan youth assaulted him on Thursday night and forced him to swim around in the water in the Rembrandt park for two hours as they threw sticks and branches at him.
"We had dinner at my mother's and I went home. My partner Alexander stayed a bit longer and as he was walking home at about 12.30 he was pushed to the ground by three Moroccan teenagers near the park," Jeroen Bulterman told the Telegraaf.
Alexander was then dragged into the park and his shirt and jacket were torn from him before he was thrown into one of the large ponds. "The boys stayed on the side of the water and threw branches and whatever else was at hand at him. My boyfriend had to try to avoid getting hit in the pitch dark and it's a miracle he wasn't hit."
The victim has had a complete breakdown. "He was scared to death, he heard the three talking to each other in Arabic and thought they planned to do the worst to him. Alexander feels he must have been swimming around in the pond for about two hours before a car with bright headlights arrived at the scene. The boys got scared and ran off," Jeroen said.
Police spokesperson Sita Koenders confirms the report. "It was a cowardly act and we have started a thorough investigation. We are looking into the reason behind this sickening treatment and are also looking into whether it was a hate crime." The police confirm that the man is very traumatised.
Jeroen said he doesn't know whether the incident had anything to do with the fact that Alexander is gay. "Maybe something like this has happened to other people recently and they haven't dared to file a report. I urge them to come forward, so that the police will have more information in tracking down the perpetrators."
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news