Remembrance of the Dead is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of the Second World War.
Throughout the country several ceremonies are being held. A leftist protest group has now threatened to disrupt the official Remembrance Day Ceremony in Amsterdam, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.
The group that is called “Geen 4 Mei Voor Mij” (No 4th of May for me), has called for a noise protest during the two minutes silence for the Dutch war dead.
Geen 4 Mei Voor Mij, has opposed the ceremony for a few years because, according to them, the Netherlands ignores the murder of 150,000 Muslims during their colonial wars in Indonesia.
According to organisers of the protest group, the Dutch remember the soldiers that died in Indonesia but not their victims: “The 150,000 Muslims that were murdered during the genocide have never been remembered, a fact the Netherlands covers up as police actions”.
Although the mayor of Amsterdam, Jozias van Aartsen, has prohibited the protest, several members of the group’s Facebook page have said they are still planning on making noise. Another far-left action group, De Grauwe Eeuw, said they support the protest as well.