The government set aside 1 million euros per year for a "national facility" in Amsterdam dedicated to commemorating the Netherlands' slavery past, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced with the government's culture plans for the period 2021-2024.
Dozens of protesters disrupted the national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam's Oosterpark on Thursday evening. They protested against organizer NiNsee's decision to hold the commemoration on June 30th, instead of the usual July 1st
The Netherlands' annual national commemoration of the abolition of slavery will be held in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam on Thursday night. Friday is the 153rd anniversary of the Dutch government abolishing slavery in Suriname and the former Netherlands Antilles.
Many of the descendants of slavery victims had Monday probably like to hear excuses from Vice Premier Lodewijk Asscher. But those excuses could not be heard. However, he testified on behalf of the government 'deep regret and remorse. " He then received an applause from the people present, mostly dressed in colorful folk robes, at the commemoration in Amsterdam Oosterpark.