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New twist to blowverbod

22 February 2006 – After the blowverbod sign introduced by the De Baarsjes district to mark the area where smoking marijuana is prohibited, the GroenLinks party now introduces a sign to ban polluting cars from the city. The sign was unveiled today by Maarten van Poelgeest and Marijke Vos.

The De Baarsjes district introduced the blowverbod earlier this year in the area around the Mercatorplein. The measure is intended to be used against young people who reportedly urinate in doorways, plaster doors and pick fights. Critics say that the ban distracts from dealing with the actual problems.

The blowverbod sign was stolen a couple of times immediately after its introduction. The district used this to its advantage by offering the signs for sale through its website, which proved an effective way to generate publicity. Despite its rather silly design, the sign appears to be highly popular. Hundreds of copies were ordered, many of them from America. All kinds of enterprises tried to cash in by offering copies and parodies for sale that may or may not have been illegal.

GroenLinks was critical of the blowverbod from the start, and has now introduced its own version as part of the election campaign. The party says it “prefers to introduce new rules only when the old ones are not working”. The GroenLinks signs cost two euro and can be ordered here.

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