The small group is trying to maximise its exposure at a time when the world is looking at Amsterdam and the Netherlands because of the abdication of Queen Beatrix (‘the good news’) and the ascension to the throne of her son King Willem-Alexander (‘the bad news’, in republican eyes).
They have called on supporters to shun the traditional orange garb and wear white on Queen’s Day, the day of the inauguration. People should hang white bed sheets out of their windows to show support for the re-introduction of the Dutch Republic, abandoned well over 200 years ago.
NRG on Saturday said it wanted to be allowed to demonstrate on Dam Square as well, not wanting to miss out on the world coverage for the event. They want to let up balloons (white ones, of course), with a banner as well. But this being the Netherlands, the republican activists want to know beforehand from Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan whether they will be arrested or not.Prince Willem-Alexander in a televised interview earlier this week said protests should always be allowed. He even criticised a policeman who stopped a young woman in Utrecht from demonstrating against the monarchy at the entrance of an Utrecht theatre where the royal family was celebrating Queen Beatrix’ 75th anniversary. © RoyalblogNL Hans Jacobs