The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the commotion around Zwarte Piet, Greenpeace still trying to free their crew, Netherlands and Russia trying resolve their recent issues with one another, and of course the American NSA
Like in recent years the debate about Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet flared again this year. Critics say the tradition of Zwarte Piet is racist. Yesterday UN investigator Verene Shepherd suggested the tradition should be abolished. The UN is even investigating whether it is racist. But who is Zwarte Piet actually, and where did he come from?
The United Nations investigate Zwarte Piet. A committee under the responsibility of the High Commissioner for Human Rights considers whether the helper of Sinterklaas is a racist stereotype. What could be the consequences of such an investigation?
In less than a day the Pietitie, a petition on Facebook for the preservation of Sinterklaas, received half a million Likes. Just after 8:00 am the 500,000 th visitor reported on the Pietitie page.
The head of the work group of the United Nations researching Zwarte Piet, thinks the Netherlands should abolish the Sinterklaas tradition.
The United Nations are conducting an investigation into whether Zwarte Piet is racist.
Sinterklaas will not be arriving in his familiar spot in Utrecht this year. The City expects the collapsed embankment at Weerd sluice will not be ready in time for the arrival on Sunday 17 November. Where the Saint will dock, is still unclear.
The 21 Amsterdam residents who objected against the annual Sinterklaas entry into the capital, received mass support Thursday at a formal hearing.
Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.