Riadh Bahri testifies in ‘De Cooke & Verhulst show’ about gay…

Journalist Riadh Bahri was attacked on the street in Brussels in early September while walking his dog. He testifies about this for the first time in De Cooke & Verhulst show.

Source: Play4

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“I was walking the dog in the morning. I do that every day in Brussels. And a man approached me to ask the way to the North Station and I thought to explain it kindly. At the end of the conversation, he gave me a few pandours, called me names and broke a chain. Then he started walking. That’s the short summary,” Bahri said.

Whether he was attacked because he is gay, he does not know for sure. “I hear such swear words so often, that eventually I don’t know if they’re calling me because I look like this or if it’s just becoming a standard swear word.”

He made a report to the police that day and went to work as usual. “I didn’t feel like sitting at home moping.”

“The only problem now is walking the dog. My friend asked me if I could walk the dog. I thought to do that. “I’m not going to put myself out there.” But then I come out of my street and I still run into someone. Then I walk back home to hide in the hall. It’s actually ridiculous. Then when that person is gone, I go back outside with the dog.”

The Cooke & Verhulst show, from Monday to Thursday, on Play4 and on GoPlay.be