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Grindr profile posts message threatening attacks in Belgian gay bars

Grindr profile posts message threatening attacks in Belgian gay bars

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A message posted on Grindr has raised concerns for the safety of the LGBTI community in Belgium.

The message, posted on 20 March on the popular gay dating app, threatened the community with a possible attack to local gay bars in Ostend, a city on the Belgian coast.

The anonymously posted message read: ‘tonight or this weekend, we will conduct an attack in the gay bars of Ostend.’

‘Prepare yourself. Nobody can stop us. We are 27 people,’ the message also added.

Furthermore, it indicated gay bars Valentino and Your Place as potential targets.

Police unsure whether it’s a prank or a real threat

The username chosen by the Grindr user is ‘Aanslag’, Dutch for ‘attacker’.

Following the calls of concerned citizens, the local police have launched an investigation, The Brussels Times reports.

The Bruges branch of the West Flanders Prosecutor’s Office explained they are still unaware whether the message is a prank or a serious threat.

‘But of course we are on the lookout,’ said prosecutor Frank Demeester.

‘The LGBTI community is too often the target of attacks, this homophobia has to stop,’ a DJ working at bar Valentino told Belgian LGBTI online magazine Tetu.

The owners of Valentino and Your Place have issued formal complaints.

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