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Romy Fernandez
November 17th, Zaandstad. Like each year the first Saturday after 11 November, the red-and-white-clad Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) arrives by steamboat to great fanfare. During the parade, anti-racism demonstrators protest against the Sinterklaas helpers, called Black Petes. Though blackface caricature much longer is a painful annual phenomenon Black Dutch, now seems all Dutch society to be aware of the discussion. The UN has reported that Black Pete is directly related to the Dutch slavery state. The event transpired without major incidents.
Confrontation between pro Black Pete and anti Black Pete during the National arrival of Sinterklaas.
A guy dressing as a Black Pete, was making a mockery in front of the anti Black Pete demonstrators.
A guy dressing as a Black Pete, was making a mockery in front of the anti Black Pete demonstrators.
A guy dressing as a Black Pete, tried to get closer to the anti Black Pete demonstrators but was blocked by the security and the police.
Sinterklaas arriving at the spot where the anti Black Pete demonstration was taking place.
The official Black Petes passing by in front of the anti Black Pete demonstrators.
The official Black Petes passing by in front of the anti Black Pete demonstrators.
The official Black Petes passing by in front of the anti Black Pete demonstrators.