People from across the political spectrum packed into the streets of Amsterdam to protest the Dutch government’s proposed vaccine passes. The demonstration blocked roads in the city centre for miles.
Crowds of protesters gathered in Amsterdam’s Dam Square on Sunday, for a 7km (4 mile) march through the city’s canal-lined streets and back to the square, all in protest of the centre-right government’s coronavirus policies.
Video footage showed a seemingly endless column of protesters marching along the route, with some observers claiming that the actual group of demonstrators was up to 3km (1.8 miles) long.
Énorme manifestation actuellement dans les rues d’#Amsterdam contre les restrictions sanitaires et l’éventuelle mise en place d’un pass sanitaire aux Pays-Bas. #5septemberAmsterdampic.twitter.com/Ba8fhacMzn
Huge demonstration against corona measures taken by the government in the center of Amsterdam. #5septemberAmsterdampic.twitter.com/glXUwpv9Vz
Protesters claimed that upwards of 60,000 people showed up, while local authorities put the attendance at 20,000. Either way, the city council urged Amsterdammers to stop showing up shortly before the start of the march at midday, saying that the city centre had become “too busy.”
The focus of the march was on the Dutch government’s plans to make proof of vaccination mandatory to enter restaurants, cafes, museums and other public spaces, as suggested by Health Minister Hugo de Jonge earlier this week. As such, protesters carried banners decrying “medical apartheid” and complained that vaccine passes “punish” the young and healthy who refuse to be vaccinated, local newspaper Het Parool reported.
Some of the protesters demonstrated against vaccines in general, calling them “poison,” while others came to stump for politicians opposing the so-called ‘vaccine passports.’ Thierry Baudet, leader of the right-wing Forum for Democracy (FvD) party marched with the protesters, as did Wybren van Haga of the newly formed libertarian party Belang van Nederland (Dutch Interest). Bauded claimed after the march that 100,000 people had come out “to stand up against the medical dictatorship.”
More groups than just the right wing were present, with dance music fans, Hare Krishnas, religious organizations, pensioners, anarchists, bikers, former police officers and soldiers all among the crowds, according to local media reports.
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Police and former police lead the march of tens of thousands against the Green Pass and lockdowns here in Amsterdam!#NoVaccinePassportsAnywhere#nogreenpass#freedom#Amsterdam#Netherlandspic.twitter.com/Et7u830ppi
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