In the latest in a string of homophobic attacks across the Netherlands, vandals have set fire to a rainbow flag outside an LGBTQIA+ club in Delft.
The attack took place early on Sunday, following a party at Lange Geer’s DWH club that ended around 3:30 am.
The next morning, club official Doris Stuy found the remains of a tattered flag still hanging from the pole. he told Omrope West It was attacked on purpose, but I didn’t know how.
“When I shared a picture of the burnt flag on the group app, I could immediately see how much it affected our club.” Members were shocked and felt unsafe.
Police said they were treating the fire as an intentional incident and appealed to contact anyone in the area who has camera footage of the relevant time.
Stuij said the club was targeted several times last year, with members confronted at the front door and electric cupboards painted in rainbow colors.
Other homophobic attacks in recent months have taken place across the Netherlands.
Last month, a rally for gay teenagers in Eindhoven was interrupted by a group of about 20 adults who tried to light a rainbow flag, prompting Dorothy in Groningen on Easter weekend. ‘s drag bar was attacked, injuring five staff members.
Twice the rainbow flag was stolen from outside Halo’s town hall near Alkmaar as a gesture of support for the victims of the attack.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/05/rainbow-flag-torched-outside-club-in-delft-in-latest-homophobic-attack/ Rainbow flag set on fire outside Delft club in latest homophobic attack