Police arrest 60 at Dutch "Black Pete" festival

November 15, 2014 4:14 PM

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Police arrested 60 people on Saturday as protesters clashed at a traditional Dutch festival for children which critics say is racist, but that many locals defend as harmless fun in the run up to Christmas.

The event re-enacts the arrival of Saint Nicholas, bringing presents for children and helped by his sidekick Black Pete, who is invariably played by a white person with a blackened face.

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