On Wednesday, no more than eighty protesters were allowed in the announced protest against racism on Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb told Radio Rijnmond on Tuesday morning . According to him, the one and a half measure cannot be applied to a larger number of people.
According to the mayor, the organization has announced that it will bring about 150 people. However, there is not enough space on the Schouwburgplein.
"We hope to talk to organizations, including Kick Out Zwarte Piet, about alternatives during the day. There are plenty of parks and locations in Rotterdam where the one-and-a-half measure can be realized," says the mayor.
The mayor will not allow a demonstration with more than eighty people on the Schouwburgplein. "We are going to be very careful that the one and a half meter distance rule is respected. And I appeal to protesters to come together physically in creative ways and to keep that distance," said Aboutaleb.
Demonstration in Amsterdam much busier than expected
A demonstration against racism was also held on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Monday. More demonstrators came here than the announced number of 250 to 300. Ultimately, about five thousand people would have been present.
Due to the crowds, people were unable to adhere to the one and a half measures. Mayor Femke Halsema received a lot of criticism because she nevertheless allowed the demonstration to continue.
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