A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he had threatened to blow himself up on social media to stand up for Sinterklaas tradition, police reported Tuesday.

The man posted the message on Facebook last weekend. According to the police, this led to much unrest.

After investigation, the suspect could be arrested in his home. The police found no explosives in his home. The man said he had indeed posted the message. He also said that he regretted his reaction and was shocked at what his message had brought about.

The man is still detained and will appear before the examining magistrate on Thursday. Then it becomes clear whether he will remain stuck for longer.

Earlier incident at meeting Kick Out Zwarte Piet

The police report that they have seen several messages on social media from supporters and opponents of Zwarte Piet. "As long as no criminal limit is exceeded, everyone can give their opinion," says the police. "The reaction of this suspect in which there was a threat that an innocent victim could fall, exceeded that limit."

The conflict between supporters and opponents of Zwarte Piet does not only take place on social media. On Friday, for example, a national meeting of the Kick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP) action group in The Hague was seriously disrupted.

In the incident, five proponents of Zwarte Piet, between the ages of 13 and 37, were arrested for violence and attempted arson.

See also: Kick Out meeting Zwarte Piet in The Hague disrupted, five arrests


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