Teenager beaten in homophobic incident on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

A pupil from the GO! Atheneum secondary school in the East Flemish town of Oudenaarde was kicked and punched in a suspected homophobic attack on Monday afternoon. Images of the attack have been circulated on social media. They show his assailants throw a rainbow flag into the River Scheldt that flows through the town. 

The rainbow flag, a symbol used by the campaign for LGBTQI+ rights, was displayed in Oudenaarde as it was in other towns and municipalities across the country on Monday to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. 

The police have been able to identify and apprehend two suspects. The images that appeared on social media were shot in the Fortstraat in Oudenaarde, not far from the GO! Atheneum school. 

The two suspects are filmed first hurling abuse at their victim before punching him in the head and then kicking him in the stomach. One of the assailants is then seen to throw a rainbow flag into the river. The police apprehended and detained two suspects. They will appear before an Examining Magistrate.

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