An April 2006 trip
to St. Maarten/St. Martin by alcockgreg
Quote: Hate crimes against foreign travellers.
The attack happened after their group was harassed by two men in a bar after my friend and his boyfriend were seen hugging one another. The two local hecklers were removed from the bar. However, on their way to their car, my friend and his fellow travellers were attacked with a four-pronged tire iron by a car load of locals, including two women. The suspects have not yet been found and the official investigation has been turned over by the police to the Department of Tourism. Regardless of the claims of the island to be gay friendly, this experience, nor the subsequent follow-up by its government, has shown effective procedures for hate crimes. Whether you're gay or not, please consider rethinking your trip to St. Maarten until justice has been served to those who committed this heinous crime. No traveller is safe in this former paradise anymore. And no one who values human life should reward such a place with their tourism dollars.
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