In many places the demonstrations resembled a big party. During the protest marches there was music, dancing and drinking.
Watch the massive turnout in the video below:
The organization states that a total of more than 150,000 people participated, including 80,000 in Amsterdam. But several municipalities reported lower numbers.
Thousands of participants
For example, the municipality of Amsterdam states that the protest attracted 35,000 participants. The initiator of the protest Jasper Goossen calls this nonsense. He says many more people attended. “I personally think that 60,000 to 80,000 people is much more realistic,” he says.
The municipality of Eindhoven also mentioned with 7500 participants a smaller number than the 15,000 that were there according to the organization, as well as the 10,000 that Maastricht reported, compared to 15,000 according to the organization.
About 5000 people gathered at the Malieveld in The Hague this afternoon. Thousands of people walked through the city center in Groningen. And despite the downpour, 10,000 people walked through the center of Utrecht. Furthermore, thousands of people took to the streets in Enschede, Leiden, Tilburg and Nijmegen.
The municipality of Amsterdam called on people this afternoon not to come anymore, because it was too busy. The organization had reported to expect a maximum of 15,000 protesters, a spokesperson for the municipality said. When that number was reached and more people came, it was decided to make that call.
It is the second time that the events sector has taken to the streets, because after the first protests on August 21, there was no substantive response from the government. More than 70,000 demonstrators and more than 2,500 organizations demonstrated at the time. Today’s protest was supported by more than 4,000 event industry organizations and more than 425 artists and speakers, according to the organizers.
According to the organizers, the sector can open without the pressure on healthcare growing exponentially. They see proof of this in events such as football matches and Formula 1 in Zandvoort. Their appeal to the cabinet therefore reads: “Stop the arbitrariness and open all large-scale events.”