A lesbian couple alleges that they were attacked by two men at Amsterdam Pride at the weekend. The couple were walking hand-in-hand at around 5 am after a night out celebrating Pride when they were approached by two men on a scooter.
“Oh, you are so hot, can we join you?” one of the attackers shouted at 29 year-old Katya Sazanova and her girlfriend Ana Camboim, according to the NL Times.
They told newspaper Het Parool when Katya and Ana told the men they were not interested, the men hopped off their scooter and physically assaulted them, punching them both in the face.
Katya and Ana sustained a number of injuries during the vicious attack including multiple bruises, a split lip and a swollen nose.
The couple both work and live in Amsterdam, Katya is a Kazakhstan ex-pat and Ana is from Brazil. They called the attack traumatic.
“It was so frightening. At home, we only cried. People sometimes look up when we hold hands, but people have never been physical”, Sazanova said to the newspaper. “My girlfriend is from Brazil and I from Kazakhstan. We might expect something like this in our own countries, but not in Amsterdam. And then it also happened during Pride.”
The couple has reported the assault to police. Ana reported that the police told them there is little chance of the perpetrators being caught and brought to justice.
“It was dark, they had a black scooter and we did not take down the license plate. We really did not think to do so at the time”, she said.
“People sometimes ask: why do you celebrate Pride? Why is it necessary to talk about this? This is why. What happened to us can happen to any couple. It is still happening. Also in Amsterdam.”
Amsterdam Pride saw an estimated 500,000 LGBT+ people and allies take to the streets to watch 80 flotillas taking part in the Canal Parade on Saturday (August 3).
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