St. Maarten/St. Martin Journals

Do Not Travel to St. Maarten

An April 2006 trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin by alcockgreg

Quote: Hate crimes against foreign travellers.

Hate Crimes Go Without Justice

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Last Thursday (April 6), my close friend and his colleague were victims of a horrible hate crime during their visit to St. Maarten. My friend, Ryan Smith, is currently in an ICU wing of a hospital in Miami, being treated for a fractured skull and confirmed brain damage. His colleague (both worked for CBS) was released, having received a huge scar across his skull and large cuts all over his back. Ryan is unable to speak and is experiencing major difficulties with his motor skills.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, ...Read More