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Sardonic asylum seeker/football Tweet brings police response
A Nijmegen resident had a visit from the police after a rather ambiguous tweet. The tweet was a comment on the Dutch football team's loss against the Czech Republic and elimination from the European Championships. But after all the refugee related unrest in the Netherlands over the past week, could also be seen as another planned attack on an asylum center. The tweet that brought the police to Huub Bellemakers' door read thus: "Tomorrow protest in Zeist. Balaclavas on. We citizens won't take it anymore #revolt".
It seems that Bellemakers intentionally referenced the storming of an asylum center in Woerden and the controversy around asylum seekers in the small town of Oranje. But the police in Zeist did not see the humor in the situation and asked their colleague in Nijmegen to check it out. Bellemakers told The Post Online that he first thought that someone had died when the neighborhood officer showed up at his door. After some confusion, he managed to explain the tweet to the officer. "Just building a bridge between what happened in Woerden and Geert Wilders and the KNVB. Therefore Zeist. After explaining it repeatedly, the officer understood the tweet", he said to the news site.
Morgen protesteren in Zeist. Bivakmuts op. Wij burgers pikken dit niet meer #kominverzet— Huub Bellemakers (@HuubBellemakers) October 13, 2015
Pliesie op bezoek wegens deze tweet. Ironie was niet duidelijk genoeg,blijkbaar. Excuus politie Zeist. https://t.co/lv5eAINPgJ— Huub Bellemakers (@HuubBellemakers) October 14, 2015