Impatience (Or: A growing unrest in parts of The Netherlands)

While it is still minimal, there is a growing sense of unrest in The Netherlands regarding the lockdown – that the economy is suffering because of it, that people’s freedoms are being taken away. This is apt because 4 May is the day where the Dutch remember the victims of WWII and 5 May is the day where the Dutch celebrate the freedom they have.

While our lockdown is labeled as an “intelligent lockdown” where you are asked to stay inside as much as you can and work from home as much as you can, it is nothing like the lockdowns seen in France, Italy or Spain where you were only let outside for emergency reasons with what basically amounts to a permission slip from the teacher. Those countries are just beginning to relax the harsh lockdowns.

Today someone had left anti-lockdown messages (article in Dutch) outside the Lewyeg shopping center and the entrance to the Zuiderpark. There was also anti-lockdown demonstrations in The Hague and Utrecht.

Oh, and the country also has issues with persons burning down cell towers as some believe there is a link between 5G and the coronavirus (article in Dutch). Of course sometimes they burn down cell towers that are not 5G and are instead used for the national emergency number 112. Hmmm.

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2 thoughts on “Impatience (Or: A growing unrest in parts of The Netherlands)

  1. Blewbird

    I’m afraid the Dutch don’t know how to behave and dare to call that behaviour ‘intelligent’. Basically it is rude and disrespectful and -in these times- obviously dangerous.

    • Yeah, it’s hard to understand how people think sometimes or what their perspectives are. It could be so much worse, when you look at neighboring countries. I can go out at any moment of the day – I just need to be smart about it, pay attention to my surroundings, and follow social distancing.

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