About 20,000 people gathered for a seven-kilometre long march through the Dutch capital yesterday.
Under the motto “Together for the Netherlands,” the crowd protested the Dutch government’s coronavirus measures…but also the childcare allowance scandal, the Groningen affair, and the housing shortage. What a list! 😬
Municipality urged people not to join the crowds
Prior to the march, the organiser, Michel Reijinga, said he expected it to be “the largest demonstration since the introduction of the corona measures” with some 50,000 participants, reports the NOS.
However, before the march even began the Amsterdam municipality was urging people not to join due to crowds. The majority of participants were unmasked and failed to practice social distancing.
Despite the large numbers (and lack of COVID-safety), a spokesperson from the municipality said the demonstration was carried out in a calm and pleasant manner.
The organisers had arranged for the demonstration to finish at 3 PM on Dam Square, but by that time march was still ongoing. By 4.30 PM most protesters had arrived at the square. The municipality allowed the delay.
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