Far-right, anti-Islam group Pegida is calling on people to come to the national Sinterklaas arrival this year dressed as blackface Zwarte Piet. "We want to turn it into a traditional, beautiful children's party again", Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld, dressed in a Sinterklaas costume, said in a video on Facebook.
A demonstration by controversial anti-Islam organization Pegida near a mosque in Eindhoven turned more sinister on Sunday, with ten counter-protestors taken into custody. Four police officers suffered minor injuries in confrontations down the road from the Al-Fourqaan Mosque.
The trial against 34 people suspected of blocking the A7 highway to prevent anti-Zwarte Peit protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival celebrations in Dokkum last year, started on Monday. The case was suspended shortly after it started because one of the judges, Willem Sikkema, lost consciousness, AD reports.
Swastikas were spray painted on the Jewish Monument at the Hoogezand-Sappermeer station during the early hours of Sunday morning. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward, NOS reports.
Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planning a demonstration in Amsterdam on March 11th, Pegida Nederland frontman Edwin Wagensveld announced on YouTube. According to him, the demonstration will happen in good consultation with the municipality and the police. The right-wing group wants to march through the city center, starting at Waterlooplein and ending at the Museumplein.
A spokesperson for Mayor Jozias van Aartsen confirmed to Het Parool that the city is discussing the demonstration with Pegida.
Members of anti-Islamic organization Pegida Nederland held an early Sunday morning protest action against the construction of a mosque in Enschede. They splattered pig's blood around the location, set up a cross with a makeshift church inside a party tent, and transmitted church bell sounds through a megaphone, all as a form of protest against Islam.
The police arrested a total of 10 people in Enschede on Sunday for breaking a demonstration ban implemented in the city. About an equal number of right-wing anti-Islam movement Pegida supporters and their opponents were arrested, according to news wire ANP.
All of the detainees were released again by Sunday night, the Enschede police said on Twitter. Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was one of those arrested.
Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld was arrested on Sunday afternoon during a demonstration by the anti-Islam movement in Utrecht. According to the police, he was arrested for demonstrating where he was not allowed to, ANP reports.
"He was on the Janskerkhof making a statement towards various media. This was not allowed, so we took him away", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. Wagensveld was taken to a police station for questioning.
The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam demanded a 250 euro fine against Pegida frontman Edwin Wagensveld in court on Thursday for showing a swastika during an demonstration in Amsterdam. The display of the swastika went against the Mayor's rules for the demonstration, ANP reports.
The incident happened during a Pegida demonstration in Amsterdam on February 27th. To prevent disorder and based on the Law on Public Events, Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan set a number of rules for the demonstration. One of them was a ban on swastikas.
Pegida frontman Edwin Wagensveld must appear in court again on Thursday next week because of a banner showing a swastika being thrown into a trash can, which was displayed during a Pegida demonstration in front of the Stopera in February, AT5 reports.
The banner showed a man figure throwing various symbols into a trash can, including a swastika. Wagenveld was arrested when he pulled the banner out. He was given a fine, which he refused to pay and the case went to trial.
A total of 20 people were arrested around a not-very-well-attended Pegida demonstration in The Hague on Sunday. Among them was leader of the anti-Islam group Edwin Wagensveld, who was arrested again for wearing a swastika on his shirt
Pegida frontman Edwin Wagensveld and another member were removed from the court in Amsterdam by the police because they were wearing shirts with a picture of a swastika. They were both arrested
The leader of anti-Islam group Pegida was arrested after he unfurled the flag of his group emblazoned with a swastika during a rally at Amsterdam city hall on Saturday. In getting approval for the rally, Pegida was informed by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan that displaying a swastika was prohibited, the police said after the arrest.
Two people were arrested during an anti-asylum center protest organized by anti-Islam movement Pegida in Ede on Saturday. One of those arrested was Pegida frontman Edwin Wagensveld. He was wearing a hat in the form of a pig's head at the time