On Saturday, May 15, over 15,000 Dutch citizens marched in Amersterdam to protest the state coronavirus measures. The peaceful demonstration, which was part of freedom demonstrations worldwide, started around noon at the Dutch Stadium, Johan Cruijff ArenaA. Those who took part came to express their frustration at the lockdowns, vaccination passports, and restriction of their constitutional freedoms.
Demonstrators carried the now-familiar yellow umbrellas, as well as flags and banners. The umbrellas protect citizens from police who often deploy water cannons at freedom marchers.
In April, thousands of police officers, soldiers, veterans, doctors, nurses, teachers, and ordinary civilians walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets, calling for freedom of speech, medical freedom, the right to education, and the preservation of basic rights. RAIR Foundation USA reported on the freedom march organized by the group Police for Freedom.
The willingness for the Dutch to vaccinate has been low. According to a poll, only one-third of healthcare staff are willing to take a coronavirus vaccine. In another study, one in five Dutch people indicates that they ‘probably’ to ‘definitely’ do not want to be vaccinated. People’s main objection to the coronavirus vaccine, “I don’t want to be a guinea pig.”
With a sizable portion of the Dutch population cynical about the efficacy and safety of the hastily approved “vaccine,” the government has been ratcheting up its fear-heightening rhetoric to dissipate this resistance.