Remembrance Day noise protest "completely wrong": Justice Minister
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security calls a noise protest during the national commemoration of World War II victims on Amsterdam's Dam square "completely wrong", Het Parool reports.
Action group Geen 4 mei voor mij are planning a noise protest during the minute of silence of the commemoration on Remembrance Day. According to them, the Netherlands only commemorates the white victims of World War II, and ignores the millions of people who were killed during the decolonization war in the Dutch East Indies.
"I would really like to make an urgent appeal to those few people who think they should do this to reconsider and simply commemorate with everyone in the Netherlands on 4 May", Grapperhaus said to the newspaper. "It is an important moment." He emphasized that the national commemoration on May 4th does not make any distinction between war victims.
Earlier this week acting Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen called the planned protest unacceptable, disrespectful and punishable.