These videos are about the big anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, of 10,000 people, on 23 March 2019.
Brussels, Belgium anti-racist demonstration: here.
This 14 March 2019 video shows striking pro-climate students marching in Amsterdam, the Netherlands today.
One of the signs on this photo of the march says, translated: If the climate would be money, then the world would have been saved already.
This video shows the march.
Translated from NOS TV today:
Thousands of high school students were in Amsterdam this afternoon to demonstrate for a better climate policy. They marched from the Dam square to the Museumplein square. …
The government’s climate plans were calculated yesterday and the most important conclusion was that it would be difficult to achieve the CO2 reduction targets. In the afternoon the government made changes, announcing, eg, a CO2 tax for corporations.
“Take action now”
The students are not reassured that the plans will turn out well. “It is important that we have a good future, that the earth does not get warmer”, says a student with a sign Make Earth Cool Again on it. Another student points out that Prime Minister Rutte has not said how high the CO2 tax will be. “It is important that it becomes enough, we protest to achieve that.” …
Another girl on strike interviewed by the NOS said that corporations may try to dodge the CO2 tax.
Many students say that they have received permission from their schools to go to the demonstration. …
The students announced that they would once again march on 24 May during a European day of action.
And on 25 April, there will be a students’ pro-climate strike as well; as this tweet shows.
In Belgium, some schools oblige their pupils to join the climate march tomorrow. It then counts as extracurricular activity.
This tweet is from Scotland.
And this one is from Kenya.
Many people came, even though the weather was rainy and stormy today.
Ten-year old climate activist Lilly Platt was also on her way, as this tweet shows.
This video is a live stream of the event.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
In Amsterdam many thousands of people are on their feet for the Climate March, which started at 13.00. The protest started on Dam Square and via the Rokin and Vijzelstraat streets to the Museumplein square.
The organization says that there are 30,000 participants, the municipal authorities estimates the number of demonstrators at 35,000. Because of the large attendance, the organization decided to start the march earlier, in consultation with the police.
Many participants in the march carry banners or protest signs. “The dinosaurs also thought that they still had time‘, someone wrote on a piece of cardboard. The Groningen Province Soil Movement marches along and writes: “The worst evil: a Shell and Climate Government Department.”
On Twitter, participants complain that the trains to Amsterdam are very short. The Dutch railways say that they were “less adequate” in “adjusting” the length of the trains because the march was announced relatively shortly in advance.
About fifty organizations and political parties have joined the march. The organizations say they are sick of vague promises and half measures [by the Dutch government] and want concrete agreements about the climate.
This sign mocks the logo of Shell oil corporation.
This banner says, translated, A better environment starts with you, Shell.
This 9 March 2019 music video is a song, written especially for the demonstration today: Climate Action Cannot Wait (based on I Only Wanna Be With You – by Dusty Springfield).
Interviews, in Dutch, with demonstrators are here.
A report in Dutch is here.
Translated from Amsterdam local broadcaster AT5 today:
Hundreds of high school students and university students are protesting at Dam Square this afternoon for a better climate policy. Just like the high school students who were at the Malieveld in The Hague last week, they left school to demand attention for the climate.
The action is organized by the Dutch branch of Students for Climate. This organization has organized protests in many more countries around the world. They were also involved in the organization of the high school student protest on the Malieveld.
The students gathered at 12:00 on the Dam. After some speeches there they will march over the Rokin, the Vijzelgracht and the Weteringsschans to the Leidseplein.
This 5 December 2018 from Senator Bernie Sanders in the USA says about itself:
This Dutch post by the Amsterdam Peace Initiative says (translated):
NO to shell companies of tax dodging weapons producers
Wednesday 19 December 12am-2pm
Five of the largest arms corporations in the world (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, General Dynamics and United Technologies) have an official office in Amsterdam. These are no more than shell companies, exclusively intended to avoid tax.
All these companies supply weapons to Saudi Arabia, which thus can wage the horrendous war in Yemen. Dutch companies are [officially] not allowed to supply arms to Saudi Arabia, but financially the Netherlands plays a role in the arms trade that keeps this war going.
The favourable tax climate in the Netherlands gives the international arms industry even greater profits.
All these companies are also involved in the development, production and maintenance of nuclear weapons, while Amsterdam has declared itself to be a nuclear-free municipality in the past. And they supply weapons to many more dubious customers: countries at war, with internal violence and human rights violators.
This video is about the 10 November 2018 trade union demonstration in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
By Harm Zonderland in the Netherlands:
Netherlands: 10,000 protest pro-corporate government policies
17 November 2018
On Saturday, November 10, 10,000 people protested against the pro-corporate policies of the liberal-conservative government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD), which has been in power for a year. The government has already lowered corporate taxes, and is about to increase taxes on basic supplies, such as foodstuffs and medicine. One particular plan sparked most public outrage: the abolition of dividend taxes, a handout of 1.9 billion euro to shareholders.
The demonstration on the “Dam” square in Amsterdam was organised by the trade union federation FNV and its Christian counterpart CNV. FNV chairman Han Busker … delivered the opening speech. He declared, “We’re not going to stand for this. We do not accept that the money is spent on the companies and the rich, but not on the people. We do not accept that banks are bailed out, but hospitals are allowed to go bankrupt.”
Recently, in the course of just three days, five hospitals and a labour clinic went bankrupt. Patients were moved out and relocated, which led to at least one life-threatening situation.
“Just a month ago, the government thought it was a good idea to abolish dividend taxes. We, together, protested and this ridiculous idea was off the table”, Busker claimed. …
The tax handout was included in the coalition agreement of Rutte’s government on the behest of a lobby of influential Dutch companies, such as Shell Oil, foodstuffs giant Unilever, medical and electrical equipment maker Philips, plus the employers’ organisation VNO-NCW. Prime Minister Rutte, who felt “with every fiber in his body” that this was the right thing to do to create the right “climate” for multinationals to settle and bring in jobs, strongly supported it. …
Living conditions for ordinary workers have drastically deteriorated under Rutte, who has been Dutch prime minister for eight years at the head of shifting coalitions of parties. Nowhere else has the number of “flexible” temporary contracts increased as much as in the Netherlands.
Since 2008, there has been a shortage of 10,000 new homes and apartments every year. In the northern province of Groningen, houses are literally shaken apart by earthquakes, which increase in frequency and intensity due to natural gas extraction. Earlier this year, a secretive deal between the state tax service and Shell, which exploits the gas fields, was exposed. Apparently, Shell was able to avoid paying dividend taxes since 2005.
These policies are responsible for growing social inequality. The wealthiest 10 percent of the Dutch population control 68 percent of Dutch wealth, which totals 726 billion euro. The poorest 10 percent have a combined debt of 65 billion euro.
This assault on the working class will continue. Corporate taxes, which now stand at 25 percent for large companies and 20 percent for small to medium-sized companies, will be reduced gradually to 20.5 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Company directors will see a tax cut on corporate loans. Investments in research and development will also be taxed less.
Furthermore, starting in 2021, some 200 million euro will be allocated annually towards reducing the cost of labour. This might include cuts to social security benefits or holiday and Christmas bonuses. All these measures total up to about 1.9 billion euro, the same sum the abolition of dividend tax would have cost.
A new labour law reform has also been presented. Permanent contracts can now be ended on many minor pretexts. Many previous criteria protecting workers have been scrapped. Moreover, the temporary contracts can now be extended over three years instead of two years.
The demonstration on Dam square was followed by a protest-march through the city towards the Museum square, where it ended after a brief closing speech by a union official.
FNV chairman Han Busker, in his opening speech, appealed many times to the government to pursue a more social-democratic instead of a neo-liberal policy. But social democracy today is a nationalistic dead end, abolishing all the social reforms of the past.
During the protest march, many people voiced concern and anger over the government’s spending of taxpayer money on companies and international shareholders. …
The social-democratic labour party PvdA was decimated in last year’s national election, losing 29 seats in parliament. …
Most of those on the demonstration had still some faith in the trade unions, and thought that the government will eventually listen to the public, if these demonstrations grow in frequency and proportion.
A janitor at a public school, who has a minor disability, told the WSWS that he is paid according to his productivity. His wage is below the legal minimum and is supplemented by the social-welfare institution UWV, towards the minimum income. “What is a minimum wage good for, if employers can find a way around and still pay you less?” he asked.
Max, a young chef who works at a restaurant in the southern province of Zeeland, said that he is participating in the demonstration because the government works for big business, not the people. Max said that Dutch politics was shifting to the right, even to the extreme right, and that workers need an “extreme left party” to counter that. One of his thoughts was that a state-funded, basic income would be a great first step towards income equality, so people could really develop their talents and pursue their interests.