Save Zwarte Piet petition claims 500,000 likes in a few hours

A Facebook page which acts as a petition to preserve the role of Zwarte Piet has been liked 500,000 times in less than a day.

The 500,000th visitor liked the site shortly before 08.00 on Wednesday. ‘Don’t let the Netherlands best tradition disappear’ the page, named Pietitie (Peteition) says.

The debate on the role of Zwarte Piet, played by a white person in black-face make-up, flared up last week when it emerged a UN human rights committee is looking into claims it is racist.

What do you think? Take part in our poll