Outrage at Dutch anti-lockdown protesters who dressed as Nazis and executed a mock Jew
The group was captured on camera dressed in Nazi clothing and pretending to shoot a kneeling man in concentration camp uniform with a Star of David on Saturday night.
A still shot from CCTV circulated online on Monday that appears to show about a dozen protesters demonstrating law enforcement. Close Rules in Urk, Netherlands.
One viral image showed a man in Nazi military uniform aiming a gun at the back of the “prisoner”‘s head, while another image revealed a man performing the Nazi salute while grinning at the camera.
Another picture showed eight men in Nazi uniforms, one with a fake gun, two in long black leather coats, and three with painted mustaches reminiscent of Adolf Hitler.
The group apologized for the stunt on Monday, making no mention of the pandemic and claiming they were attending a masquerade after the photos caused outrage online.
Authorities said they are investigating whether a crime was committed at the demonstration against ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
One viral image showed a man in Nazi military uniform pointing a gun at the back of the head of a prisoner in a concentration camp uniform adorned with a yellow Star of David.
Dutch anti-lockdown protesters dressed as Nazis, pretend to enforce lockdown rules and execute a mock Jew in a stunt that sparked outrage online
A photo posted online showed eight men in Nazi uniforms, one with fake guns and two in long black leather coats.
Comments on the video site Dumpert described the men as “roasted sausages” and “a bunch of identifiers” and suggested it was a good thing they weren’t vaccinated because they would die from natural selection.
While another read: “Shame on you, maybe your grandfather and grandmother witnessed the war!”
Ces van de Bos, mayor of Urk, a predominantly Christian town with the lowest vaccination rate in the country at just 23 per cent, criticized the protest, saying it had “clearly crossed the line”.
He said the apparent demonstration was “deeply loathed by the entire Orc community”, describing the stunt as “highly objectionable and extremely inappropriate”.
He added: “We understand that these young people want their voices heard about the impact of current and future coronavirus measures,
However, we do not understand the way they do it. Not only the municipality of Orc, but the entire community does not fully agree with this method of protest.
The demonstrators apologized for the risk, saying, “It was never our intention to stir up memories of the Second World War.
We want to emphasize that we are not anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish, or support the German regime. Our sincere apologies.
Protesters were later seen apparently partying in a bar with loud music. A man can be seen dancing vigorously to the music while another delivers the Nazi salute in the background.
A protester salutes Nazis while standing in German uniform before a demonstration against ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands
Protesters were later seen apparently celebrating in a bar with loud music. A man can be seen dancing vigorously to the music while another gives the Nazi salute in the background
The men seemed to be enjoying themselves in a bar in Urk after the Saturday evening “demonstration”
The group was protesting the Covid-19 restrictions, which are still in place across the Netherlands. But that came days before the government announced it would loosen the rules further, by ending social distancing, while introducing entry permits for bars, restaurants and festivals.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte said a corridor showing evidence of vaccination, recovery from the virus or a negative test would be required for people aged 13 and over from September 25.
Infection rates are dropping in the Netherlands, which was under some of Europe’s most lenient restrictions early in the pandemic, but tightened dramatically during the brutal second wave.
“I am pleased to announce today that from 25 September the mandatory social distancing rule of 1.5 meters will be abolished,” Ruti said in a televised press conference.
This means that more people can visit a cafe or restaurant at the same time. It also means that festivals and sporting events abroad can return to full capacity.
The Dutch government has rejected criticism from people such as the suspected populist politician Thierry Baudi, who said the permits were an attempt to force vaccination.
No, using a corona entry ticket does not force anyone to be vaccinated. “You can also use the tests to get somewhere and that is still free for now,” Health Minister Hugo de Jong said.
In the meantime, the Netherlands will still require masks on public transport and at airports, but not on train or tram platforms.