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
Sarah O'Leary
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions — she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.


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