Silent procession for dead Aruban attracts hundreds of people

A silent procession on Saturday in memory of the Aruban holidaymaker who died in police custody attracted several hundred people and passed off peacefully.

The 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez died after being thrown to the ground and bundled, apparently unconscious, into a police van after an open air concert by UB40.

People gathered at the Moerwijk station in The Hague on Saturday afternoon for the walk to the Zuiderpark where Henriquez died. They carried balloons and Aruban flags. One man wore a t-shirt with the words Justice for Mitch and the image of an angel printed on it, the NRC reported.

At the head of the procession was a banner reading ‘RIP Mitch. Nos ta stima bo’ (We love you).

The procession was organised by the Henriquez family.

The Hague mayor Jozias van Aartsen did not take part in the procession, but visited the family on Sunday to pay his respects.



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