Anti-racist anti-colonialist Dutch demonstrations today

This 15 June 2020 video is about an anti-racist demonstration in Apeldoorn in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Today, there will be another anti-racist demonstration in Gelderland, in Zutphen town, at 5 pm. Report of the demonstration: here.

Today, there will also be an anti-racist demonstration in Hoorn in Noord-Holland province. 19.00-21.00, Pelmolenpad. It is against honouring 17th century Dutch East India Company Gornernor General Jan Pietersz. Coen.

This video says about itself:

On 11-01-2013 activists created a Monument of Lights around the statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in the city of Hoorn to commemorate the victims of four centuries of Dutch colonialism.

J.P. Coen founded Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. In 1619 he burnt down the city of Jakarta. In 1621 he depopulated the Indonesian islands of Banda and put robbed slaves to work at the nutmeg plantations.

The activists think it’s a bloody shame the city of Hoorn re-erected the fallen statue of Coen in 2011. The statue should have been permanently removed to a museum. In Holland perpetrator of genocide Jan Pieterszoon Coen is still being honoured as the founder of Batavia (Jakarta) and the Dutch rule in the East-Indies.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

In Hoorn tonight a protest will be held at the statue Jan Pieterszoon Coen. According to the protest organizers, “the Banda butcher” is wrongly worshipped as a hero. …

The statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen was unveiled in May 1893. According to NH Nieuws, it was an idea of the then-mayor of Hoorn, who raised the money for the statue. …

But not all newspapers were positive. Two days before the statue was placed, the [socialist] newspaper Recht voor Allen drew attention to the ‘atrocities’ that Coen committed in the Dutch East Indies.

That Recht voor Allen article, by Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, is here.

Coen had at least 15,000 inhabitants of the Banda islands massacred. Because they had sold spice to English traders. And Coen wanted a trade monopoly for the Dutch East India Company.

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