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Anti-monarchy demos not ruled out during king's inauguration

Tuesday 05 February 2013

Demonstrations against the monarchy will be permitted to go ahead during the inauguration of king Willem-Alexander on April 30, justice minister Ivo Opstelten told parliament on Tuesday.

'It is a right and I am convinced the mayor of Amsterdam thinks the same,' the minister said.

Last week, a student who held up a cardboard placard protesting against the monarchy was removed by police as she stood outside a theatre in Utrecht which queen Beatrix was attending.

Opstelten told MPs who raised the issue of the student that it is up to local authorities whether or not to permit demonstrations. Such a decision would not be taken lightly, because it could easily be overturned in the courts, he said.


By contrast, MPs from the two small orthodox religious parties ChristenUnie and SGP called on the minister to take a tough approach to demonstrators. A ChristenUnie MP reminded the house of the riots which marred queen Beatrix's inauguration in 1980.

'This time everything possible should be done to ensure a good day for everyone,' he said. 'The police have to take action in time if people want to disturb the peace.'

SGP leader Kees van der Staaij said there are limits to freedom of speech.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear how much the festivities are likely to cost. The inauguration and security will be paid for by various ministries and Amsterdam city council out of their existing budgets.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So, they won't be prosecuted for insulting the monarchy?

If a gemeente chooses to prohibit a demonstration, how long will it take to get through the courts? Would they process it quickly enough to decide before the inauguration?

Methinks that the whole thing appears open and liberal while leaving large loopholes to shut down such protests.

By H. | 5 February 2013 5:02 PM

May I throw common sense and integrity?

By Terence Hale | 5 February 2013 7:36 PM

"SGP leader Kees van der Staaij said there are limits to freedom of speech."

When it comes to Wilders it seem like there is not much.

I appreciate the hypocrisy of Dutch politicians and Dutch people who support them.

Queen is out long live the king !

By johnlemon | 5 February 2013 8:22 PM

those demos will be o lot less and/or smaller if the reporters and cameras stay away from it and when they dont televise it .

By roelie haveman | 5 February 2013 9:02 PM

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