Pinkpop with human rights as sideshow

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The country’s largest rock festival, Pinkpop, has entered its second day, with human rights groups and charities vying for attention from the sidelines.

Today’s performances will include Hurts, Tim Knol, Wolfmother, White Lies, Hanson en Laura Jansen. The main act, due to take place in the evening, features the American group Kings of Leon.

Also present at the festival is rights Group Amnesty International, which is focussing on the lack of freedom of expression in China.

And charity Oxfam Novib is denouncing large food companies and foreign powers for grabbing land from poor African farmers.

As usual, the 42nd edition of the three-day festival in Landgraaf is held on Pentecost and is expected to draw 60,000 fans per day. The festival’s four camping sites, with space for up to 50,000 people, are fully booked.

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