We stand in solidarity with Olof van Winden and will not allow police violence

This past weekend protests (“Mars der Beschaving /March for Culture”) took place in a number of cities in The Netherlands. This culminated in a large gathering in The Hague where thousands of people raised their voice against the drastic cuts planned for the art funding. All protests were peaceful and non-agressive, but this was not the case for police. Olof van Winden, new NiMK (Netherlands Institution for Media Art) and Todays Art Festival director was beaten and arrested when he tried to stop his colleague being violently dragged away by the police.
These are unforgivable actions towards anyone, and especially to a directorial figure of two internationally recognized institutions and a close colleague to STEIM. We stand in solidarity with Olof and everyone else who took part in the demonstration. More actions soon.
Video and Photos of the scene.

11 thoughts on “We stand in solidarity with Olof van Winden and will not allow police violence

  1. And we think we live in a developed country

  2. Dreadful. Two others (I saw) were even violently beaten after VOLUNTARILY accepting their arrest, when being given the choice of going home or to be taken away. Both were sitting peacefully when it happened. I’m forwarding this to everybody I know. Good luck Olof!!!

  3. I can’t recognize this country anymore. When I saw the Riot Control (ME) forces behind the police line preventing anybody (including elderly people, mothers with young kids and people living accross the street) to cross the street along Malieveld I couldn’t believe my eyes… Still, at that moment I couldn’t imagine at all that they would come in action… against a genuinely peaceful and civilized demonstration. Since when does Dutch politics need this kind of protection? And when will they tell us how much the resort to force and violence costs to the taxpayer? Or was the police volunteering their free time as the protesters did?

  4. it’s time for us (left elitist intellectual parasites) to get into gear to take back over this country!!!!!

  5. Sad, but previsible. Since 2001 the illusion of the Country that made me excited to live in has been fading away. Of course, Immigration policies only affect immigrants, so it took a while for the escalade of crazy to reach the doorstep of those who didn’t have to deal with the system in that way. I empathize with so many of my friends that are still in Holland, creating and believing in better things. I, for one, am grateful of having thick immigrant skin, and skills.

  6. Solidarity from the UK! As you may have heard, we’ve had our fair share of pumped up riot cops from out TSG Riot squad beating up peaceful protesters recently. One of them has just been charged with manslaughter after killing an innocent bystander two years ago, after a public inquest . It is times like these where our radical and revolutionary art forms become just that – methods with which to communicate revolutionary ideas. Our governments see us taking to the streets and making noise as a threat – most of europe is now on the back foot, and we have the potential to reshape and re-imagine our continent.

    1000-person Cracklebox orchestra in The Hague anyone?

  7. I support the statement and hope solidarity doesn’t stop at the borders of the art scene. Our civilised is being torn down, bit by bit.