Amsterdam commemorates slave trade
About 850 people attended the first formal commemoration marking the abolition of slavery in Amsterdam on Monday.1 July 2008
AMSTERDAM - Around 850 people have attended a service in Amsterdam commemorating the slave trade in the Netherlands.
It is the first time the capital has held a formal commemoration of its slave-owning past. The city held one third of the shares in the Dutch West Indies Company, which participated in the slave trade.
A two-minute silence was observed, and wreaths laid in Amsterdam's Suriname Square. Various dignitaries addressed the crowd and music was provided by several bands.
The national commemoration marking the abolition of slavery 145 years ago will be observed on Tuesday at the slavery monument in Amsterdam's Oosterpark. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen are both scheduled to attend.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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