dutch 'black pete' makes annual arrival to howls of protest - black pet film
On Saturday, Santa Claus arrived by boat in meipel, the Netherlands, facing four buses --
Mass protests against traditional demonstrators-up his helpers.
In this former slave country, the Zwarte Piet tradition has become increasingly controversial.
Starting from about 1850, Santa Claus-or Sinterklaas-ships from Spain to the Netherlands every November, accompanied by many assistants: men and women, painted with black paint on their faces, red lips and a blurry black wig.
But at the official Dutch welcome committee, there are several hymns.
Faced rather than blacked out-an attempt to curb criticism of the "discriminatory practices and stereotypes" that the UN Commission criticized in August.
About 250 people from the "Kick out Zwarte Piet" organization are from Amsterdam and Rotterdam, riding a white horse to watch Sinterklaas, singing songs and shouting against bl-up tradition. Anti-
Racist demonstrators protested against Black Pete's traditional image photo in meipel, The Netherlands: EPA "To be honest, the whole event should be canceled," said activist Jerry Afriyie, referring to the killings in Paris.
"But we are here to show that we support all those who feel offended.
A black actor, Patrick marselin, dressed up as an unofficial Santa, wandered through the crowd and declared himself one of Santa's old friends.
Once Zwarte Pieten took sacks so they could go to Spain with naughty children;
Recently, their role was to distribute gingerbread pieces and fill the children's shoes with gifts in the chimney every morning --
Until St. Nicholas Day in December 5, it was called pakjesavond (presents night).
But over the past five years, the custom has been controversial, with Facebook calling Zwarte Piet racist, Dutch people protesting negative stereotypes and growing criticism abroad. Sinterklaas (R)
And Zwarte Piet (2-R)
Arriving in meipel, Netherlands, Picture: The EPA debate took place in the context of some ethnic tensions in the Netherlands, especially the recent refugees and the Dutch from Turkey and Morocco.
So there are five major cities this year.
Racist groups Nederland Wordt Beter and Overlegorgaan Caribisch Nederland decided to replace some blacks
Black stripes on his face.
About 35,000 people appeared in Meppel and saw Santa coming to his ship with his "chimney" and black skin, jumping on his white horse and crossing the town.
He will be visiting all parts of the Netherlands in the next three weeks, while the children of the Netherlands-often considered the happiest in the rich world-enjoy a bigger celebration than Christmas every day on sweet goods known as "strooigoed. Anti-
Racist demonstrators protest traditional Black Pete photos in meipel, Netherlands: 41-year-old EPA Asha Jethoe, born in Suriname, moved to the Netherlands at the age of six, with her family at the time of shakcht.
"We don't think it's color, but it should be something that kids are interested in, not something that's related to discrimination," she said.
All the debate about Zwarte Piet is stirring the flames.
But the kids only want a pie for their gifts-they don't care if he's white or black.
Leo Weterings, a spokesman for the Meppel town council, said that bharcht continued, considering the death of Paris: "We advocate tolerance.
This festival is for everyone. we can't bring pain to people, but happiness.
Dutch actor Patrick marselin dressed up as Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas)
During a demonstration against the racist nature of the traditional figure Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)
Photo: At a press conference by AFP, Sinterklaas himself said he didn't mind the Zwarte Piet protesters: "Everyone is free to shout, sing, celebrate sinterkla in their own way, he said.
In response to a question from The Daily Telegraph, he added: "The Netherlands is also modernizing, so in the future there will be black leather balls passing through the dirty chimney, some have soot on the surface of the ball, some are cleanfaced.