Lee Heidhues 1.2.2022
Throughout the World people are not concerned about being struck down with a Covid variant. Instead, the disgruntled and impatient citizens think they can resume life as normal while the Pandemic is still in full force.
It’s a sad commentary on the World condition that people lack the patience and discipline to listen to the health authorities. The people are putting themselves and their fellow humans at risk.
The impact of Donald Trump’s noxious and neo-fascist American presidency is still being felt. The fact someone unfurled a banner lauding this disgraced leader as the January 6 anniversary of his attempted political coup d’etat approaches is a frightening reminder. Trump and those extremists who suppport him have not gone away and are in our neighborhoods be it in Amsterdam, Washington or San Francisco.
Excerpted from Deutsche Welle 1.2.2021
Thousands of people in Amsterdam defied a ban on large gatherings on Sunday as they took to the streets to show their displeasure at restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
Protesters congregated in the city center before marching toward a park in the Dutch capital where a rally of the populist Forum for Democracy party took place.
A small group of protesters briefly clashed with riot police as officers made efforts to clear the crowd from Museum Square.
Most people complied with the call to disperse, given via loudspeaker, from the square in front of the Rijksmuseum.
Before officers moved in, some people near the Van Gogh Museum unfurled a banner that read: “Less repression, more care.”
A group of people in white overalls and white masks held up signs, including one that said: “It’s not about a virus, it’s about control” on one side and “Freedom” on the other.
One person in attendance held up a “Trump 2024” flag.
The Netherlands is currently in a strict lockdown, which is expected to last until at least mid-January.
The cases have been on the decline since the country reintroduced lockdown measures in November, before tightening them further during the holiday season.
The local government in Amsterdam had banned Sunday’s protest, saying police had indications some protesters might be planning “violence.”
The municipality later issued an emergency order for people to leave the square. Riot police marched across the grass to clear the area, sending the demonstrators into nearby streets.