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Oct 28 '14 10:27

According to the action group Pro-Zwarte Piet, Dutch businesses who sponsor money or materials to pro-Zwarte Piet actions, want to remain anonymous.

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Oct 16 '14 15:50

The largest pepernoten factory in the world opens in Amsterdam on Wednesday. This is also the first pepernoten store in the Netherlands.

Oct 13 '14 10:54

Several of the Albert Heijn franchise owners have decided to defy the supermarket chain's national policy to remove Zwarte Piet from advertisements.

Franchise owner Schuytgraaf from Arnhem stated of Facebook that Zwarte Piet will be found in his store in Elst during the coming months. This status update received more than 2 thousand likes. "On 5 December Zwarte Piet will be walking through the store as usual," he says.

As far as franchiser Hans Geveling is concerned, nothing will change in Albert Heijn stores in Huissen, Bemmel, Gendt and Druten.

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Oct 9 '14 08:43

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn has mostly dropped the black-faced version of Zwarte Piet from it’s stores and product packaging, the company’s parent said Wednesday. Though the character might pop up on the boxes of candies and cookies, the store’s parent company, Ahold, says it will not be used inside or outside stores.

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Sep 15 '14 09:32

PVV-leader Geert Wilders has spoken about his party's plans to construct a Zwarte Piet law which, if it passes, would oblige municipalities to make sure that Zwarte Piet is specifically black during public appearances, such as the Sinterklaas entry tour, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Source: Wikimedia/Jan Arkesteijn)
Sep 12 '14 11:20

All the songs sung during Sinterklaas are going to be re-written to replace certain words that, after the Zwarte Piet discussion in The Netherlands, have been deemed discriminatory or sensitive. The new standard songs will appear in schools this year, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

Sep 12 '14 08:54

The discussions surrounding the appearance of Zwarte Piet, and thereby also what the Sinterklaas festivities as a whole will look like, will take place this month, but involved parties will not announce exact dates in order to minimize public tensions, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

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Sep 9 '14 11:17

Toy company Fisher Price sold its last Zwarte Piet dolls in The Netherlands yesterday after various media reported that the company would stop production of the doll, which is part of a set including Piet, Sinterklaas and his horse Schimmel. Online as well as in stores, there was a rush to buy the dolls, which sold by the hundreds.

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Sep 1 '14 09:15

Prospective changes to the visual representation of the entry tour of Sinterklaas, most notably to the appearance of Zwarte Piet, may happen as soon as this year. Elsevier reports that the new Pieten may be featured in several places in The Netherlands, though it is unclear what these new character will look like.

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Aug 27 '14 08:35

Dutch chain store HEMA is coming under scrutiny for not being clear about whether or not their shelves will be filled, as per tradition, with Zwarte Piet items before Sinterklaas in December. On Twitter, is a trending topic as many customers are angered that HEMA is "surrendering" under the Zwarte Piet discussion.

Aug 15 '14 10:53

Following the example of Amsterdam, Minister Lodewijk Assher of Social Affairs wants to engage in a national discussion about the future of Sinterklaas caricature Zwarte Piet, Trouw reports.

Aug 14 '14 15:08

As he outlined his reasons for appealing last month’s verdict in the Zwarte Piet trial, Amsterdam Mayor Eberhardvan der Laan said the embattled blackface tradition will undergo drastic change

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Jul 3 '14 12:01

A judge in Amsterdam is set to rule today in the court case against the opponents of Dutch blackface tradition zwarte Piet.

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Jul 3 '14 11:53

The court in Amsterdam has ruled that Zwarte Piet is harmful towards black people. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan should have taken this into consideration when issuing the permit for the Sinterklaas entrance parade into the city last year.

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May 22 '14 22:01

Dozens of people took to the courthouse in Amsterdam on Thursday to lend support to the initiators of a civil court case against Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), Holland’s blackface tradition that people of African descent in the country find offensive.

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Mar 28 '14 08:37

Concerned parties have been debating the future of Zwarte Piet in secret since October. These secretive talks are in attempt to find solutions to prevent escalations surrounding the subject, such as last year.

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Dec 31 '13 12:09

The round-up of some of this year’s most noteworthy events and news stories.

Dec 7 '13 04:30

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features the storm on 'pakjesavond', an "innocent" kiss that put Onno Hoes in the spotlight, KLM's ongoing fight to reach an agreement with its union, and new threats against "pig" Wilders.

Dec 6 '13 13:33

While the world was in grief Friday about the passing of Nelson Mandela, a major newspaper and a politician from a major political party here have found themselves apologizing for racially insensitive public statements they made on Thursday regarding the South African leader’s death

Dec 6 '13 12:24

High winds, sleet, hail, rain and lightening teemed down on the Netherlands throughout the afternoon yesterday, as hundreds of grown men around the country dressed up as Sinterklaas to hand out gifts to children.

Dec 3 '13 04:31

The Canadian politician, Joachim Stroink, who is from Dutch descent, was unsuspecting of the commotion he would cause when he posted a picture of himself on Twitter, with Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet.

Nov 30 '13 04:18

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories
features the unfortunate fall of an Ajax fan, leaving him severely injured, Gordon's racial slurs causing national and international commotion, a dark-skinned intern rejected on his skin color, the news of Obama and Putin attending an international summit in The Hague, the discovery that Sinterklaas is an ex-con, and the Marechaussee haven't had a dull moment this week with drug busts, fake marriages, and new barracks.

Nov 26 '13 14:51

The man who won 2.5 million in the state lottery and made a generous donation to the food bank in Breda is an ex-con, reports Omroep Brabant. The generous giver, John Jansen, was a member of the notorious Juliët gang in the 90s.

Nov 23 '13 04:31

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: singer Trijntje Oosterhuis underestimates the power of social media, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers in The Netherlands, Hungarian pimps arrested for human trafficking, diplomats assault a reporter, 'Holland's got Talent' and 'RTL Late Night' in the spotlight for racism, an Euro Atlantic Airways aircraft continues to it destination despite potentially dangerous problems, and Joran van der Sloot demanding a new trial.

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