Berlin anti piet protest 30-11

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De gemeenteraad van de Duitse stad Potsdam, vlakbij de hoofdstad Berlijn, heeft Zwarte Piet afgeschaft na protest van actiegroepen European Network for People of African Descent (ENPAD). Er komt geen subsidie meer voor het feest. In Potsdam is een “Hollandse wijk” die in 1730 is ontstaan als huisvestingsproject voor Nederlandse arbeiders. Er wortdt al jarenlang Sinterklaas wordt gevierd. Ook in Duitsland wonen mensen van Afrikaanse achtergrond die zich beledigd voelden voor de racistische karikatuur.

ENPAD is een Europees netwerk van mensen van Afrikaanse achtergrond met leden in Duitsland, Engeland, België en Nederland. Leden uit Duitsland en de Nederlandse actiegroep Kick Out Zwarte Piet en Stop Blackface hebben vorig jaar een protest georganiseerd bij de Sinterklaasintocht in Potsdam, ook is er gesproken met de Nederlandse ambassade in Duitsland.

De vereniging voor Nederlandse cultuur in Potsdam “Jan Bouman Haus” is teleurgesteld dat de gemeente haar subsidie heeft ingetrokken, ze vinden dat zwarte piet niet beledigend of racistisch is. Ze vinden dat zwarte piet humor en trots belichaamt die plezier biedt aan alle kinderen vanuit een eeuwenoude Nederlandse traditie.  Marketing manager  van de gemeente verwees naar het rapport van de VN waarin stond dat zwarte piet racistisch is waardoor er is besloten de subsidie in te trekken.

Op 14 november organiseert Kick Out Zwarte Piet een landelijk protest tijdens de Sinterklaasintocht in Meppel “Freedom Ride to Meppe”. Meld je aan via de website!

 

Lees hier het persbericht over het protest in Potsdam. (Read the press release about the protest in Potsdam here).

 

Check out the video of the protest in Potsdam

Zwarte Piet abolished in Potsdam, Germany after protests KOZP and ENPAD

The city council of the German city of Potsdam, near the capital Berlin, has decided to cut the funding for the annual Saint Nicolas parade after protests from action groups European Network for People of African Descent (ENPAD) and Kiick Out Zwarte Piet (KOZP). Potsdam is a “Dutch Quarter” which arose in 1730 as a housing project for Dutch workers. Utch people have been celebrating the controversial Dutch tradition in the city for years but Germans people of African who felt offended by the Dutch blackfacing  tradition protested againt the racist caricature.

ENPAD is a European network of people of African background with members in Germany, Sweden, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Members from Germany and the Dutch action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet and Stop Blackface organized a protest at the Sinterklaasintocht in Potsdam last year. They also with with the Dutch Embassy in Germany.

The Association of Dutch culture in Potsdam “Jan Bouman Haus” is disappointed that the municipality withdrew its subsidy, they argue that the tradition is not offensive or racist. Instead they said the tradition is fun for all children from and it’s an age-old Dutch tradition. Marketing manager of the municipality referred to the recent UN report on the Netherlands which stated the following about the Dutch tradition:

 

While the Committee understands that the tradition of Sinterklaas and Black Pete is enjoyed by many persons in Dutch society, the Committee notes with concern that the character of Black Pete is sometimes portrayed in a manner that reflects negative stereotypes of people of African descent and is experienced by many people of African descent as a vestige of slavery, which is injurious to the dignity and self-esteem of children and adults of African descent. The Committee is concerned about the discriminatory effect of such portrayals, which may convey a conception at odds with the Convention. The Committee is furthermore concerned at reports that citizens seeking to peacefully protest against such portrayals have been denied authorization to conduct such protests at a meaningful time and place and have been subjected to violent attacks and other forms of intimidation, which have not been adequately investigated.”

 

On November 14 Kick Out Black Peter is organizing a nationwide protest during Sinterklaasintocht in Meppel “Freedom Ride to Meppelr”. Register via the website!

 

 

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