Zero tolerance during Gay Pride
The Public Prosecutors Office has issued a statement warning that people who engage in violent or abuse behaviour toward homosexuals during Amsterdam Gay Pride will be facing a zero tolerance policy.
In practice, this means that all suspects will be detained and that the Public Prosecutors’ Office will seek stricter sentences.
The Office has already reserved a date at the Amsterdam court on which all suspects arrested for gay bashing during Gay Pride will be tried.
The public prosecutor will automatically increase the sentence demanded against suspects accused of discrimination by 50 percent. The sentence sought by the public prosecutor will be doubled in cases involving serious threats or physical violence.
The Public Prosecutors Office said it would “crack down hard on insults and violence against homosexuals.”
There will be an increased police presence during the street parties and Saturday’s boat parade, as well as additional security guards hired by the organisers of Gay Pride.
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