Utrecht to introduce 'gay-alert' hotline
The city of Utrecht has announced it will introduce a 'gay-alert', a special hotline for gay people who feel threatened in their neighbourhood. The city council believes the measure will enable it to take action more quickly when homosexual people are being harassed.
On Wednesday, media reported that a man from the Utrecht district of Lombok had left his home for fear of abuse and harassment. There have already been several incidents in which gay couples have fled their homes in the city.
A spokesperson for Mayor Aleid Wolfsen says the mayor is now fed up. Mr Wolfsen has interupted his autumn holliday, and together with police officials has come to the conclusion that so far council officials have always been late to find out that gay people were being harassed.
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