Dutch St. Nick Met by Anti-Blackface Protest; 90 Arrested

November 15, 2014 7:10 PM

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Dutch St. Nick Met by Anti-Blackface Protest; 90 Arrested

St. Nicholas brought fewer helpers in blackface to the Netherlands this year, though that wasn’t enough to appease anti-racism activists who clashed with supporters of the Dutch tradition.

Police arrested 90 people at the nationally televised St. Nicholas parade today in Gouda, Wouter Bos, the public prosecutor in The Hague, said by phone. Some 60 people were arrested for protesting outside designated areas, while 30 others, both supporters of the “Zwarte Piet” tradition as well as op...

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