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  • a stable, orderly country that prides itself on a reputation for efficiency and compliance.

  • Rocked by discontent, these public rampages were initially seen as a response to the Netherlands first curfew since the Nazi occupation in the Second World War.

  • In reality, the tensions had been spreading.

  • E think this country is hurting right now.

  • It's in pain.

  • This is Silvana Simmons, a Dutch celebrity who recently launched her own political party.

  • She thinks the unrest exposed an undercurrent of resentment across generations.

  • What we're seeing right now is just this country reaping what it has sold.

  • The Netherlands have always projected an image which I call a facade of reason, being reasonable off being progressive and tolerant and open.

  • Um, but what it really was, it was just on the surface.

  • If your education system is not working, then this is what you get.

  • If your economic system is not working, then this is what you get.

  • If your social system isn't working, this is what you get.

  • And if you've been pushing politics of division for 15 years, 20 years and this is what you get.

  • The combination of the covert related locked down here alongside a childcare allowance scandal, which last month caused the sudden collapse of the coalition government, has had a destabilizing impact and added to the sense of a country losing its grip.

  • Those who were already frustrated felt emboldened, vindicated because the government had broken its own rules.

  • It created a perfect storm.

  • There is no pandemic now.

  • The World Health Organization declared the covert 19 outbreak of Pandemic in March last year.

  • The instability, though, has given rise to characters who've cultivated followings with their movements, speaking out against restrictions imposed on their freedoms.

  • Dance teacher William Angle is one of the most visible skeptics of Corona.

  • I understand the feeling off hopelessness.

  • I understand the feeling of agitation and aggression off the people committing that violence.

  • However, I do not think that is the right way.

  • You know, you have the power to stop the people confronting politicians in their faces, and I want them to confront politicians, so why would I try not to get them to do that?

  • Despite more than 100 million confirmed cases and 2.2 million deaths across nearly 200 countries, his group of virus Truth, which has 52,000 Facebook followers doesn't believe the coronavirus pandemic exists.

  • This as well as other co Vered related conspiracy theories anti vax and Cuban on have been gaining support here, Dick even attracting influential celebrities who galvanized others with their rallying cry against the lock down on social media by the hashtag unit Mermaid.

  • I'm not doing it anymore.

  • The only thing that is destabilizing our society are dumb covered rules.

  • Many of these celebrities have since apologized, and you turned.

  • But not all rapper and podcast host longer France sees his music is a vehicle to speak out against government policy.

  • One of his most well known songs, The Land Off, became the unofficial anthem of the protests.

  • Being the soundtrack Thio.

  • Critical thinking is a big honor.

  • Yeah, because the people who are protesting there just thinking like, what?

  • What's going on in the world?

  • This is not necessary for something like the flu.

  • Patients with covert were nearly five times more likely to die than those with the flu, according to a study in the British medical journal.

  • Baseless claims a medical misinformation combined with popular Cuban on slogans and his songs are believed to be the reason the artist channel was taken down off YouTube.

  • I don't know about the whole Cuba non thing and how you should call it.

  • I think that there are a lot of people are against pedophiles and they believe in God.

  • And if that's the same thing as Q and on, then we'll wear the batch proudly.

  • But of course, Que On on is so much more than just this.

  • At its heart, it's a wide ranging, completely unfounded theory that says that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satan, worshiping Peter File elites, believers drawing news events, historical facts in numerology to develop their own farfetched conclusions.

  • One of the smallest countries on the continent, the Netherlands now has one of the largest Cuban on followings.

  • It sometimes feels as if some of the seeds of discontent that have flourished in the U.

  • S.

  • May be sown here, too.

  • But why?

  • I mean, this was never a country of big conspiracy theories, Um, but when we do things, apparently we do them right, and it's easy to find yourself believing those things.

  • If you are not well informed because if you don't know the truth, anything could be true.

  • Don't over exaggerate the amount of people who represent them.

  • It's it's, I believe it's once again things can change.

  • I can be wrong for the future.

  • But today it's not like it is in the United States of America.

  • Geert Wilders are famously anti Islam politician who's been one of the most out spoken populist voices in Dutch politics for almost two decades.

  • He was recently convicted of insulting Moroccans.

  • He's also the country's opposition leader.

  • Are you worried by the presence of these types of characters?

  • The Cuban in groups, The villain angles on the threat that they potentially posed thio the stability of Dutch society?

  • Off course.

  • They are not a huge group, fortunately, but they should be dealt with in the most severe way because in a way they first they try to use violence or intimidation, at least, which is something that we should never accept.

  • But they also stop the democratic process of parliamentarians.

  • Whatever party you are from that are, as you said, being hassled, going toe parliament or doing that job just because of their views.

  • The success of any covert policy relies upon mass compliance.

  • Neighbors Germany and Belgium have similar lockdowns in place, and most Dutch people have now accepted the draconian constraints.

  • Bars and restaurants have closed in all non essential shops are shut.

  • A 9 p.m. curfew is in place until a least next month.

  • We've been traveling around the country and speaking to people who are losing faith in the system.

  • They saw the U turns over the covert response.

  • They saw the benefits scandal, the government collapse, the last in the E U to start vaccinating people.

  • And they're finding themselves asking, Where do I find the truth?

  • And they're increasingly searching in places where the conspiracy theories are spinning around.

  • Does that worry you?

  • Yes, there is a small group of people from the start who disagreed with the government and when they disagreed because they were not saying there was not a virus.

  • But they were telling us, You are not taking the necessary measures then we have always tried to engage in a dialogue on to discuss.

  • But the amount of people Netherlands who really are saying we are open to the conspiracy theorists is a very small number.

  • There is a real risk.

  • Ignoring or dismissing the dissatisfaction will push some of those who already feel for gotten closer to the edge on fuel, the infidel Mick.

  • Although the uncertainty could funnel some voters back to more familiar territory, the Netherlands has a multiparty system, which makes it virtually impossible for any one party to win power on the checks and balances here.

  • I mean, those ripples of unrest we're seeing are unlikely to turn into the types of waves that could really change the direction of this parliament.

  • The irony is, a man once viewed as one of its most extreme members is now sounding comparatively moderate.

  • We are in a crisis, you know, and in a crisis people like to look at stability.

  • For me as an opposition leader.

  • It's my does tell them that is not reality and that there are better options than him.

  • But off course I have to deal with it.

  • That, as in many other European countries, the current prime ministers are presidents are looking as more stable factors today.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/11
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