The municipality of Rotterdam ended the protest against racism and police violence at the Erasmus Bridge on Wednesday evening half an hour before the end of the protest. Due to the large turnout, it was impossible for the demonstrators to keep 1.5 meters between themselves.

The municipality therefore calls on all protesters to go home.

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb gave permission for a protest at the Erasmus Bridge in the city between 5 pm and 6.30 pm. The demonstrators had to take into account the corona measures that apply in the country, such as keeping a sufficient distance.


'Uncontrollable' crowds at anti-racism demonstration Rotterdam

However, it quickly got busy with the protest. Especially at the beginning of the Erasmus Bridge it was difficult for the demonstrators to keep a distance of 1.5 meters. The organization already called for the protest to be ended by the authorities if the demonstrators were not quick enough distance.

Just before 6 p.m., the city of Rotterdam called on people via Twitter to stop coming to the demonstration at the Erasmus Bridge because it was too busy. "Let's keep 1.5 meters away together," said the municipality.

Criticism of Amsterdam's protest for non-compliance with the one and a half meter rule

Protests against racism and police brutality have already been organized in Amsterdam, The Hague and Groningen. The protests are intended as a statement of support for the American Black Lives Matter protests.

Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam, received a lot of criticism on Monday during her protest. About 5,000 people came to the demonstration on Dam Square and they did not keep a distance of 1.5 meters.

Anti-racism demonstrations in the Netherlands

Wednesday June 3: Hundreds of people are on their feet in Rotterdam. © Pro Shots

Demonstrators line up across the Erasmus Bridge. © Pro Shots

The organization had called on protesters to keep 1.5 meters together and to wear face masks. © Pro Shots

Tuesday June 2: Demonstrators at the Malieveld in The Hague. © Pro Shots

Many attendees brought home-made signs, which mainly read calls to action against racism. © Pro Shots

Many protesters put a clenched fist in the air. Also, almost all attendees are going to sit on one knee, as was done earlier this week by protesters in several American cities honoring victims of police brutality, as well as by officers apologizing for it. © Pro Shots

The protest on the Grote Markt in Groningen. © Pro Shots

Demonstrators in Groningen sit on the floor during a so-called sit-in. © Pro Shots

A demonstrator in Groningen holds a sign with the text: "I can't breath". Those were the last words of George Floyd in Minneapolis and it's the slogan of the Black Lives Matter movement. © van Houten

Monday, June 1: During the anti-racism demonstration on the Dam in Amsterdam, people did not comply with the one and a half meter rule because of the crowds. © Pro Shots

More than 5,000 people attended the protest on Whit Monday in Amsterdam, while a number of 250 to 300 demonstrators were announced. © Pro Shots

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