New anti-LGBTQ stickers found in Antwerp, police launch investigation
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Illustration image of the first batch of stickers found in Antwerp. Credit: Twitter
New anti-LGBTQ stickers were found on Wednesday morning in the Abdijstraat in Antwerp, a day after the police arrested a suspect for the first batch of stickers that were found.
The stickers are the same ones as the ones that turned up in a few places in Antwerp and Ghent last weekend, and show a rainbow flag, symbolising the LGBTQ community, crossed with a black stripe and the text “just normal” (“gewoon normaal” in Dutch).
This time, the stickers were applied to a poster of the World cycling championships and to some rubbish bins in the street. The police were informed and are investigating the case, according to reports in Het Laatste Nieuws.
On Tuesday, a 30-year-old man was arrested for distributing anti-LGBTQ stickers in various places in Antwerp. The investigation by the Diversity Unit and various internal partners led to a search and this arrest.
It was handed over to the public prosecutor of Antwerp, who will continue the investigation. In the meantime, the suspect was released, pending the further course of the investigation.
The stickers are reminiscent of the LGBTQ-free zones in Poland, where the pro-government newspaper Gazeta Polska distributed stickers that people could place on their windows or shops to make it clear that people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender were not welcome.