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‘What is this Balkenende trying to hide’

28 April 2007 - The SP is campaigning for an investigation into how the Netherlands decided to politically support the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Volunteers want to collect at least ten thousand signatures in Amsterdam.

People show an unusual enthusiasm, says Bert van der Heul (on the photo to the left), district council member in Oost-Watergraafsmeer and today present at the Dappermarkt. “This morning at 10 am there was already someone standing at our stand to ask: do you have that list here?”

“I did not get one person saying: bugger off with your campaign”, said Van der Heul. “They want to know, what is this Balkenende trying to hide”. Prime Minister Balkenende is a known opponent of an investigation.

“No one has ever heard a reason why he does not want that investigation. Perhaps he made a deal with Bush to help Jaap de Hoop Scheffer get a job, I am just guessing”, said Van der Heul. De Hoop Scheffer was appointed Secretary General of the NATO a few months after the invasion of Iraq.

In all of Amsterdam, the SP has so far collected an estimated five to six thousand signatures. No less than 3,500 were collected by the Oost-Watergraafsmeer group. They hope to increase this number considerably on 5 May, at the Oosterpark Festival.

The volunteers attribute their success to the fact that they have a stand at the Dappermarkt every two weeks, throughout the year. “People ask us, how come you are standing here, the elections are over”, says volunteer Mohammed Kazemi (on the photo to the right). “That is because we are a party of activists”.


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