Dutchies raise more than €100,000 for store owner whose shop was raided during riots

The past few days have seen riots break out in multiple Dutch cities in protest of the curfew. During the riots in Den Bosch on Monday night, Maaike Neuféglise’s shop was looted and left destroyed. One website decided to start a fundraiser for the heartbroken store owner — and Dutchies did not disappoint. 

On Tuesday morning, a video, in which an emotional Maaike surveys the damage to her shop, went viral and pulled on heartstrings across the nation. As a result, a fundraiser was started by GeenStijl. As of 9 AM this morning, the amount raised has surpassed €100,000.

National attention

By Tuesday night, Maaike found herself on the Dutch TV programme, Jinek, where it was announced that the fundraiser had raised €73,000. When she hears this, the store owner immediately becomes emotional. She said that she was overwhelmed by the heartfelt response to her devastation.

A call from Rutte

Maaike even received a telephone call from Prime Minister Mark Rutte. She told the NOS that she would not go into detail about what was discussed but she described the call as “a very nice conversation.”

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Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Before becoming the Senior Editor of DutchReview, Sarah was a fresh-faced international looking to learn more about the Netherlands. Since moving here in 2017, Sarah has added a BA in English and Philosophy (Hons.), an MA in Literature (Hons.), and over three years of writing experience at DutchReview to her skillset. When Sarah isn't acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her trying to sound witty while writing about some of the stickier topics such as mortgages and Dutch law.


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