Pro-gay rally in Amsterdam after bashing

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17 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Gays and lesbians are being urged to participate in a demonstration in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening in response to recent anti-gay violence.

17 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Gays and lesbians are being urged to participate in a demonstration in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening in response to recent anti-gay violence.

The protest comes after US editor and gay man Chris Crain was assaulted in the capital on Queen's Day as he was walking with a friend to his hotel.

The journalist later published his account of the incident, claiming that the "Moroccans" spat in his face and then assaulted him.

Amid international uproar at the bashing, concerns have been raised that Amsterdam's position as a gay-tourist destination is at risk.

The organisers of Tuesday's rally say the assault on Crain is the last straw. They claim many gay people no longer feel safe on city streets as a result of frequent assaults.

The 15-minute 'Queer, Love and Peace Action' will be held at Leidseplein at 6.30pm on Tuesday. Protestors will walk hand-in-hand and kiss at the popular city square.

The protest coincides with the (still unofficial) International Day Against Homophobia.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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