Teens allegedly attacked Netherlands man in unprovoked anti-gay confrontation

by Editorial Team

A group of teenagers — some as young as 12 — are being sought by police in the Netherlands for an apparent anti-gay attack on a 39-year-old man at a shopping mall on Sunday.

Bart Jannsen, of Eindhoven, a city located about 80 miles south of Amsterdam, said he was viciously attacked by the group simply because of his sexual orientation.

“I was just walking by to go shopping at the supermarket around the corner,” he told Eindhoven News. “I was in my pajama pants. They immediately asked if I was gay.”

When he said he was, “they started shouting and spitting at me,” Jannsen said.

He brushed off the verbal abuse and went into the supermarket, according to the NL Times.[More News] Brazil’s president lashes out at journalist during press conference: ‘Your face looks an awful lot like a homosexual’s’ »

When he left the store some time later, the group had grown to seven — which is when the teens started to attack Janssen while hurling anti-gay slurs at him.

“I walked by calmly but, out of nowhere, was kicked in the back. While still reeling from that, I was struck twice more,” he said.

The scary incident only ended after one of the boys told the group to stop kicking the man and told him to run. He ran a few meters, and said he was almost caught again. “Luckily I made it into my apartment building just in time.”[More News] Brazil’s president lashes out at journalist during press conference: ‘Your face looks an awful lot like a homosexual’s’ »

He was left with severe back pain.

“I am not angry about it, I am especially very sad,” Janssen said. “The Netherlands once led the way in gay emancipation. That is slipping further and further.”

“[The fact] that people can hate you so much for who you are. That hurts a lot,” he added.

Authorities are investigating the case, and are asking witnesses to come forward with any information.

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