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Cleaners, teddy bears and radicals against racism

19 March 2008 - In addition to over fifty celebrities and other public figures, cleaners, rebel clowns and a radical block will attend a manifestation against racism next Saturday. The organisers expect at least thousands of protestors.

Critics say the demonstration is focusing too much on right-wing politician Geert Wilders, which will only make him more popular. “Nonsense”, says organiser René Danen. “Wilders has been in the news on a daily basis long before we took our initiative. It was about time someone challenged him”.

He says that many people who have remained silent until now are no longer afraid to speak out. Over fifty politicians, artists, academics, journalists and other public figures support the initiative. Buses to Amsterdam will depart from ten cities.

Activists who want to take a stand against racism but who think the demonstration is too moderate will form a radical block. “Not just Wilders’ Islamophobia, but also the government’s racist immigration policy, homophobia, sexism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of discrimination must be addressed and fought”, they say in a statement.

Another group of critical participants will be the rebel clowns, who are currently collecting teddy bears and other toys to be used as ammunition for a gigantic catapult. Danen has not heard of the initiative yet and cannot say whether the demonstration stewards have a policy on teddy bears being catapulted.

Among the participants will also be cleaners who have been active in the Better Future campaign for decent wages and a respectful treatment by employers. “Cleaners are fed up with this climate of fear and hatred and take a stand for respect, tolerance and solidarity”, they explain.

An online petition at the demonstration’s website attracts such humorists as A. Hietler, Wil Wilders, Satan and Tired Turk.

Demonstration, Radical Block, Teddy bears, Cleaners (all in Dutch). The demonstration starts at Dam Square at 1 pm. Photo: Wikipedia / Hiya111


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