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‘No reason for panic over anti-fur manifestation’

31 October 2006 – Shop owners are worried about ‘aggressive activists’ who will march through the Kalverstraat next Saturday. Nonsense, says Max Boon of the Respect for Animals organisation. “It will be a peaceful manifestation. They should be worried about the violence inflicted on animals”.

Last year, 500 people protested against fur. At that time, the police prohibited a route through the Kalverstraat. “This time we simply stated that we will go through the Kalverstraat. The police did ask: would you not consider taking another route. Well, no”, said Boon.

Boon appeals to his right to express his opinion. He says there are 18 shops selling fur in the Kalverstraat.

In today’s Parool, Willem Koster, director of the Maison de Bonneterie and spokesperson of the shop owners, warns for chaos and “roused visitors fleeing into the shops”.

However, Boon emphasises that it will be a peaceful manifestation. “We will make some noise, but we really are not going to smash any windows or anything”. The police asked the activists to appoint volunteers to keep the order, but this would be a “waste of activists”.

The manifestation will start at 1 pm at the Beursplein


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