Monday, 9 March 2015 - 14:15
Groningen needs "unifying" flag after earthquakes: Night mayor
Chris Garrit, the Night Mayor of Groningen, has written a letter to the Commissioner of the King suggesting a new flag for Groningen that will unify the province residents after the recent misfortune with gas extraction and earthquakes. According to Garrit, given the recent circumstances and the fact that difficult times are ahead, Groningen needs a more appropriate flag. "A flag with a design 2.0 which can serve as a symbol for the new unity of the Groningers in the years ahead." he writes. He also notes that the current Groningen flag was designed in 1950, which puts it at retirement age at 65 years. Garrit feels that the gas debate shows that Groningen has been written off by the Netherlands and is only used to allow financial gain. "The safety of the residents is absolutely not a priority, not before and not today" For this reason it is absolutely essential to now unify the the residents of Groningen. "I therefore propose to come up with a new symbol of Groningen unity. A symbol of sympathy and uniting the Groningers sentiment. Especially at this time we as Groningers need a strong commitment that makes us stronger against the money-hungry government. Because all of us, residents of the beautiful province of Groningen, should be united with a symbol that represents all parties. A symbol which underlines the strength and beauty of the province of Groningen." Garrit writes.