Zwarte Piet

Apr 24 '15 13:50

The Public Prosecutor will not prosecute organizations that use the figure of Zwarte Piet. According to the prosecutor, using the Zwarte Piet figure is not a punishable offense.

Feb 24 '15 09:01

Roger Ross Williams, the American documentary filmmaker for CNN, is currently filming a documentary about Zwarte Piet, De Telegraaf reports.

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Dec 10 '14 13:11

The police have released photos and video from a surveillance camera of the man dressed as Zwarte Piet robbing the Avia gas station on Europastraat in Borne on November 30th.

Dec 5 '14 09:59

Opa Piet (Grandpa Piet) was flown in from Spain to train a lot of Pieten. But gradually over the past three weeks, it was revealed that he is not only a returned retiree.

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Dec 5 '14 08:46

Sinterklaasjournaal presenter Dieuwertje Blok received threats before the new season was broadcast. She said this on the program De Wereld Draait Door.

Dec 3 '14 14:39

On Tuesday morning, police officers at the police station in Soest refused to record reports from the action group Pro Zwarte Piet.

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Dec 2 '14 11:56

The police arrested a 28 year old man man in Winschoten for threatening three Zwarte Pieten with death.

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Dec 2 '14 09:08

The mother of the sick baby Damin thinks that the fuss about the room sign with Zwarte Piet is going "too far". She wrote this on Facebook. She confirms that what happened in the Jeroen Bosch Hospital was just a misunderstanding.

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Dec 1 '14 18:33

Fred Vertommen, an official with the immigration and naturilzation office IND, was dispatched to investigate a possible case of racism at Jeroen Bosch hospital earlier today, where a baby with a darker skin colour was placed in a room with a nameplate reading "Zwarte Piet." Vertommen says he is deeply hurt by the occurrence he was sent to investigate, according to broadcaster Omroep Brabant.

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Dec 1 '14 12:22

A man dressed like Zwarte Piet robbed a gas station in Borne yesterday.

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Dec 1 '14 10:24

Hamza from Den Bosch was furious when he went to visit his 10 day old nephew in the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch and found the name Zwarte Piet on the name board at the child's room.

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Nov 20 '14 17:31

A taxi firm in Amsterdam is refusing to drive people dressed as Sinterklaas or Zwarte Piet in protest of human rights violations widely believed to be perpetrated by the chocolate industry. Taxi Electric says that four of every ten chocolate bars are made by children, and one in ten is produced by slave labour.

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Nov 18 '14 09:22

A 31 year old man was arrested in Almelo during the Sinterklaasintocht for assaulting a 15 year old girl dressed as Zwarte Piet.

Nov 17 '14 17:45

Following exceedingly racist reactions to a selfie posted by footballer Leroy Fer, the Dutch national football association, KNVB, confirmed they contacted the public prosecutor to investigate the response for possible crimes. The football association waited until after Sunday’s European Championship qualifier against Latvia before making their decision, to prevent any unnecessary distractions amongst teammates.

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Nov 17 '14 09:49

On Sunday night Robin van Persie, captain of Oranje, called on the Public Prosecutor to investigate the racist comments on the selfie Leroy Fer posted on Twitter and Instagram. The photo depicted Fer along with other dark skinned players of the Dutch national team.

Nov 16 '14 16:47

Dozens of people in Amsterdam protested the inclusion of Zwarte Piet in the city’s annual Sinterklaas parade. Protestors were corralled in Beursplein in front of the city’s centrally-located stock exchange during Sunday’s event.

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Nov 16 '14 15:09

A group photo of several non-white Dutch national football players sparked a torrent of racially-charged remarks targeting the teammates. Midfielder Leroy Fer posted the photo of himself with eight other players on Twitter and Instagram, including Memphis Depay, Karim Rekik, Kenneth Vermeer and Gregory van der Wiel.

Nov 16 '14 09:00

Nearly 90 people were arrested in Gouda yesterday for arguing over the presence of blackfaced Zwarte Piet characters at the city’s annual arrival of Sinterklaas celebration. Those taken into custody were a mix of protestors and Zwarte Piet supporters, police told broadcaster Omroep West.

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Nov 14 '14 09:10

Last night the Sinterklaasjournaal introduced a few White Petes. Or at least a Piet-in-training with a few soot marks on his face from going down the chimney.

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Nov 13 '14 15:08

Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman was met with stunned looks and stern words from Londoners when she dressed up as Zwarte Piet to gauge reaction to the character abroad. A three-minute clip of her documentary, Our Colonial Hangover, was posted to YouTube featuring the director's day out in blackface.

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Nov 12 '14 14:54

The Council of State ruled that the Court of Amsterdam is not allowed to chastise Mayor Eberhard van der Laan over Zwarte Piet.

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Nov 12 '14 09:58

The Sinterklaas festival will again be "old fashioned" this year. The first episode of the Sinterklaasjournaal ended with the Pieten drilling holes in the wall of the steam boat to hang a painting, with water sloshing over their shoes. The Zwarte Pieten all had black faces, like always.

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Nov 11 '14 15:40

Stepping into the fray of an oftentimes volatile debate on racism in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum national gallery in Amsterdam will open a new exhibit detailing the “Birth of Zwarte Piet.” The character, beloved by many Dutch people and reviled by many ethnic minorities, is said to be the Moorish slave assistant to Christmas-time legend Sinterklaas, and is often portrayed by a white person in blackface.

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Nov 4 '14 11:43

According to the Board for the Protection of Human Rights, the public Prof. Kohnstamm school in Utrecht may celebrate Sinterklaas with Zwarte Piet in the classroom this year.

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