Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dutch Government will not offer apology for slavery

A bad tempered debate took place in parliament about a possible Dutch apology for slavery and the Dutch role in the slave trade. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that a formal apology could end up increasing polarization. In the meantime the cabinet has set up a special committee to look into slavery. During the debate the leader of the Green Left Party, Jesse Klaver called PVV leader Geert Wilders “an idiot.” Wilders called Klaver a “political hooligan with party members who voted for communist mass murderers.: Esther Ouwehand of the Party for the Animals compared turning a blind eye to racism to racism with conditions in factory farms.

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