Anti-paedophile demo becomes left-right spat
24 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch section of Far-Left group Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) is to hold a counter-demonstration against the extreme right-wing National Alliance (NA) in Amsterdam on Saturday.
24 May 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch section of Far-Left group Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) is to hold a counter-demonstration against the extreme right-wing National Alliance (NA) in Amsterdam on Saturday.
NA announced earlier this month it is holding a rally near Muiderpoort station in the east of the city on Saturday against 'Martijn', an organisation that describes itself as campaigning for societal acceptance of "child-adult relationships". Martijn said it does not have an office in the area but NA didn't accept this.
But NA's best-made plans have been foiled. Showing the type of bureaucratic dexterity not normally associated with anarchists, AFA lodged an application first with the city authorities to hold a demonstration at Muiderpoort on Saturday.
This has led the municipality to relocate the NA protest to Stadionplein in the south west. NA and AFA supporters came to blows at Central Station in 2003 during the last attempt to picket 'Martijn'.
NA is not happy with the compromise. "We are coming after all to demonstrate against the Martijn association and its pernicious ideas, not to riot," an NA spokesperson said. "The AFA by this counter-demonstration has shown its true face as the protectors of paedophiles, herein supported by Mayor Job Cohen."
City officials have agreed to allow both demonstrations to proceed on the understanding neither group will deviate from the agreed routes or seek confrontation elsewhere in Amsterdam.
NA expects 50 to 100 supporters to attend its demo. It is unclear how many people AFA can muster.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news