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Bagdad bomb car wreck delayed

30 May 2007 - Next Sunday, the wreck of a bomb car from Bagdad will be displayed at the Leidseplein, on the occasion of the War on Error manifestation. Problems in Iraq delayed the wreck’s arrival in Amsterdam.

The manifestation wants to raise the question whether it is still possible to emphatise with a war that has been reduced to short articles in the newspapers.

Joost Janmaat of Partizan Publik has been working for two months to bring the wreck to Amsterdam. All kinds of problems had to be solved, from staff unable to come to crate the wreck because the streets were unsafe, to a malfunctioning bureaucracy.

“The more symbolic value we attributed to the wreck, the more political significance it came to have for people in Iraq”, Janmaat said. Families of victims wanted to donate ‘their’ wreck, as a way to get at least some sort of recognition for what had happened to them.

“Some would have liked to send ten wrecks to the Netherlands, as if that would have increased the significance”. The wreck that is coming to Amsterdam was used in an attack at the Baghdad book market on 5 March.

“It was a mixed neighbourhood, to use that word. There was no political sense in it, it was not an attempt to play different groups against each other. In fact, it was an attack against Baghdad itself, and especially against its cultural life”, Janmaat said.

Eventually, the initiators succeeded in getting the wreck out of Baghdad. At present, it is in Syria. Sunday at 3.30 pm, it will be placed at the Leidseplein. GroenLinks party leader Femke Halsema, writers Abdel Kader Benali and Chris Keulemans, artist Jonas Staal and peace activist Naglaa el Hajj will comment on the situation.

Originally, the manifestation was planned for next Friday, but because of the logistical problems in Iraq it had to be postponed.

War on Error


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