A Dutch man has been arrested after threatening to blow himself up. His cause? Protecting the Zwarte Piet tradition. It’s just the latest in the latest in the debate that continues to divide the Netherlands.
That’s right. The man literally threatened to commit terrorism to save the right to wear blackface in the holiday season. There are two sides to every debate for sure, but once bombs start coming into it the party’s over.
At least that’s what the police thought. After receiving multiple reports from concerned citizens about the Facebook post they began an investigation. The threat was determined to be serious enough to arrest the 49-year-old suspect, according to RTL Nieuws.
An empty threat
A search of the man’s home turned up no evidence of explosives. But, despite the inflammatory threat, the man said he was shocked by the reactions and regretted the post. He’ll face magistrates court on Thursday.
Now the police are warning supporters and opponents of Zwarte Piet that they shouldn’t go too far with their opinions.
“As long as no criminal border is exceeded, everyone can give their opinion. The reaction of this suspect which created a threat that innocent people could die exceeded that limit,” a police spokesperson said.
Earlier this week five people were arrested for attempted assault and arson against a meet-up for a group that is against Zwarte Piet. Last month it was announced that Zwarte Piet wouldn’t be present for Sinterklaas’s arrival in Apeldoorn in November.
When does defence or support of Zwarte Piet go too far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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