Demonstrators rallied in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, gathering on the Malieveld in The Hague and on the Grote Markt in Groningen to protest a culture of systemic racism in the Netherlands. As of 7 p.m., both events remained peaceful demonstrations, with well over a thousand in The Hague and hundreds more in Groningen, all of whom were reportedly sticking to social distancing rules.
Football clubs, museums, theaters, performers, political organizations, and media in the Netherlands massively posted black pictures on social media on Tuesday to show support for the movement demanding an end to racism and police brutality in the United States and beyond.
The large gathering of protestors in Amsterdam's Dam Square on Monday distressed many healthcare workers, said Ernst Kuipers, the chair of the Dutch acute care network. "There were about 5,000 people from all over the country, who were close to each other for a long time, and do not directly know most of the bystanders," he said, noting that those in health care watched events unfold "with horror," according to broadcaster NOS.
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam will allow a demonstration against racism to happen on Schouwburgplein on Wednesday, but the number of participants will be limited to no more than 80. The square is not suitable for more than 80 demonstrators while adhering to social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, he said to Radio Rijnmond on Tuesday.
VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff and Marianne Schuurmans, mayor of Haarlemmermeer and chairman of Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland, both called on everyone who participated in a protest in Amsterdam against racism and police brutality to self-quarantine for two weeks, in case they caught the coronavirus. Some 5 thousand people were gathered on Amsterdam's Dam Square for the protest on Monday.
The municipality in The Hague is in discussion with the organizers of a protest against police brutality and racism in the city on Tuesday evening. The demonstration has been registered and a location is still being discussed, a spokesperson for the municipality said to Omroep West.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was criticized for not intervening in a massive protest against racism and police brutality on Dam Square on Monday. Some 5 thousand demonstrators gathered at the square, without keeping 1.5 meters apart. This demonstration may well be a "super spreading event" when it comes ot the coronavirus, Menno de Jong, virologist and member of the government's Outbreak Management Team, said to Het Parool.
Crowds of several thousand protestors gathered peacefully on the Dam Square in central Amsterdam on Monday to display solidarity with protestors in the United States and to protest what they assert is a culture of systemic racism in the Netherlands. Authorities told NL Times they had initially been expecting some 500 people to show up on the Dam Square. The actual number, which the municipality said was closer to ten times the original estimate, came as a surprise.
Thierry Baudet, leader of far-right party FvD, expressed support for United States President Donald Trump and his decision to label protest movement Antifa as a domestic terrorist group. "Very good decision by him," Baudet said to WNL on Monday morning.
A demonstration will be held in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon to show solidarity with the people protesting against anti-black violence in the United States. The protest will also draw attention to institutional racism in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, the organizers said on Facebook. Demonstrators are called to make sure they adhere to the measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Some 400 people gathered on Amsterdam's Dam Square on Sunday afternoon for a peaceful protest titled Black Lives Matter. The demonstration was in protest against police violence in the United States, where two black Americans were killed by police bullets last week, but also to draw attention to Dutch victims of police brutality,