While Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is touring the Netherlands, peaceful demonstrations against the character of his "servant", organised by Kick Out Zwarte Piet will take place in several Dutch cities. Thanks to its stamina and striking dignity, KOZP over time has achieved that a considerable number of city councils are beginning to rid themselves of the racist " typically Dutch tradition" of black facing (a practice strongly condemned by the UN). By raising awareness KOZP is changing the celebration and turning it into a much more inclusive holiday for ALL children in the Netherlands. That said: empowered by the silence and the so-called neutrality of too many Dutch institutions, extremists calling themself Pro-Piet resistance are increasingly open about their racist, fascist and violent inclinations, recently culminating in a brutal attack on a KOZP gathering in the Hague, breaching the democratic right to gather and to demonstrate. Clearly, the apologetic discourse around Black Pete is symptomatic of a deeply ingrained problem within Dutch society which KOZP continuously reveals: in sharp contrast to the forward thinking, modern outlook the nation likes to claim, in 2019 the long overdue and very necessary decolonization of the Dutch mind has not been accomplished. DAI is very proud of the activists among our alumni, students, staff and tutors contributing to this important civil movement. We hereby share their call to join the protests.
STUDENTS AT DAI URGENTLY CALL OUT TO ALL – come demonstrate 16 November in The Hague, not only against Black Pete, but to stand up for our democracy! We will not tolerate white supremacy, Pegida and pro-Black Pete activists to use violence to stop us raising our voices against racism. We want to live and meet each otherin a free world without racism. PLEASE ALL RISE UP AGAINST THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE. We as a student body are obliged to stand up. Let’s all meet at 1 pm at Koekamp, The Hague. Bring a banner or protest sign!!!
There are a few more cities where KOZP has organised demonstrations:
Alkmaar, Heerhugowaard, Leeuwarden, Eindhoven, Groningen, Den Haag, Den Bosch, Dordrecht, Almere, Nijmegen
For more information:
November 30: a manifestation will be organised in Eindhoven.