Daring to move a couple of yards outside a designated protest area turned out to be a direct threat to the Dutch State apparently.
Law enforcement officers in The Netherlands deemed it wise to arrest Socialist Party Parliamentarian Sharon Gesthuizen, who participated in a peaceful and symbolic protest organized by employees of PostNL. The protest was approved by local authorities. The protesters are frustrated about the fact that PostNL is increasing salaries and bonuses of senior executives while laying off employees and lowering pensions.
One reason for the arrest appears to be that law enforcement officers didn’t like just how the protesters decided to display their frustration with their own company: they were carrying a coffin with flowers on top. Law enforcement officers argued that that was an inconsiderate act, especially since the victims of the bus crash in Switzerland were being remembered today…in Belgium.
In another news article, it was said that Gesthuizen shouldn’t have stepped outside the designated protest area…even by only a few yards.
UPDATE 2: A video of the arrest is available here:
where Gesthuizen explains that thousands of people, some of them with the company for 40 years, will lose their jobs and perhaps will be allowed to apply for their own job again in the future, knowing that they will only make about 50% of the money they’re making now. The voice-over informs the viewer that the company involved, PostNL, is increasing salaries and bonuses of the senior executives nonetheless.
UPDATE 3: After serious political pressure by Socialist Party members who were gathering at the location where the politician was kept in custody, a Twitter campaign that started to target the relevant police department and a flood of news articles, Sharon Gesthuizen has been released, having spent 5 hours at the police precinct:
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