'Black Pete is Racism' (Zwarte Piet is Racisme') - complaint with Dutch Ombudsman and European Court of Human Rights

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Amsterdam, 24 October 2013 - Complaints with the European Court of Human Rights and the Dutch National Ombudsman have been lodged by Tomasz Kodrzycki on behalf of artists Quinsy Gario and Jerry Afriyie, the initiators of the project 'Black Pete is Racism' ('Zwarte Piet is Racisme'), against their brutal arrest and violation of their right to freedom of expression during the annual Dutch Sinterklaas parade in 2011 in the city of Dordrecht. 

A spokesperson for the mayor and police of Dordrecht said today that the charges shed no new light on the matter: The violence was not disproportionate, and they were sufficiently informed that they may cause disorder. They did not obey police orders.

Read the article here (in Dutch).


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