Two men fined for stealing and setting rainbow flag on fire

Photo: Dutch News

Two men who stole the rainbow flag from Wageningen town hall in April and set it on fire have been fined for their action, the public prosecution department confirmed on Friday.

The two, aged 22 and 23, were caught on security camera taking down the flag and burning it in a nearby alley.

The flag had been hoisted earlier in the day as a gesture of support for the LGBTI+ community.

The men turned themselves in after the police threatened to circulate the camera footage. The department has not said how high the fines are.

There have been several incidents of rainbow flags being stolen or damaged in recent months and the COC campaign group has urged the government to take tougher action to deal with rising anti-LGBTI+ discrimination.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation