‘Black Pete’ protests planned as Dutch children hail St Nicholas

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Published November 16, 2019, 7:41 PM

By Reuters

Anti-racism campaigners planned protests in cities across the Netherlands on Saturday as Dutch children anticipated the annual arrival of St. Nicholas and a blackface character who traditionally accompanies him.

The character of Black Pete, usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and prominent red lipstick, has sparked intense discussion — and sometimes violent clashes — in recent years.

An assistant of Saint Nicholas called “Roetpiet” (Soot Pete) arrives by boat at the harbour of Scheveningen, Netherlands (REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/MANILA BULLETIN)

Campaigners against racism say exposure to such imagery is hurtful to black people and damaging to children. But a shrinking majority of Dutch people say there is no reason to change a

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