Writer and activist Fleur Pierets says it seems the sticker has appeared across Antwerp: “Many people have sent me photos” she notes on Instagram.
The sticker clearly targets Antwerp’s sizeable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community. The police diversity unit is charged with the investigation.
Pierets asks everybody who encounters the sticker to report it to the police. Antwerp police’s Willem Magom says the police will take action:
“We have received several reports. Our diversity unit is collecting them. Charge sheets will be issued detailing this as a hate crime as well as vandalism. The sticker is being stuck on shop windows as well as on street furniture.”
Antwerp police arrested a 30-year-old male suspect on Tuesday morning. He is suspected of distributing the stickers. He was freed after questioning. The suspect’s home was also searched.