Saint Nicholas' entry, Black Pete in tow, brings more racial debate to Netherlands, Belgium

November 15, 2014 7:45 AM

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Saint Nicholas' entry, Black Pete in tow, brings more racial debate to Netherlands, Belgium

People wearing T-shirts reading "World Against Racism, No More Black Pete" and holding a poster with a picture of Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan attend the ruling over a complaint that the city of Amsterdam had no right to authorize a parade with Black Pete because he is a negative stereotype of black people, at the highest Dutch administrative in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The court declined to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around Black Pete, the black-faced sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, and ruled that the city of Amsterdam was right to grant a permit for parade with Black Petes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo the Dutch version of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, and his sidekicks known as "Zwarte Piet" or "Black Pete" arrive by steamboat in Hoorn, north-western Netherlands. The ruling over a complaint that the city of Amsterdam had no right to authorize...

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