Dutch MPs commemorate Japanese surrender

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Parliament is commemorating the Japanese capitulation on 15 August 1945 and the victims of the Japanese occupation in the Dutch East Indies, present-day Indonesia.

The Japanese surrender, 66 years ago on Monday, ended World War II in Asia. About 100,000 Dutch citizens were held in internment camps for four years. Many of them died there.

The speakers of the two houses of parliament are laying a wreath at the East Indies Plaque in the main lobby of the parliament building.

The main commemoration will take place on Monday afternoon at the East Indies monument in The Hague. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Health Minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten will lay a wreath. The ceremony will be broadcast live on television.

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