Harassed Dutch gays sue authorities
Two gay men who were forced to move from the city of Utrecht after being harassed for more than a year have filed law suits against the Utrecht council, the local police force and the state.
The couple says the authorities should have taken adequate action in response to the eight police reports they filed. Between the summer of 2009 and 2010, their car was vandalised and bricks were thrown through their windows. The two men eventually sold their house far below market price because the police said there was nothing they could do to stop the harassment.
The couple wants the Utrecht court to order the Public Prosecutor to prosecute those responsible after all. The two men are also suing the police, the city council and the state for damages.
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