“Yellow Vests” have planned action across The Netherlands to protest against “political correctness” and immigration policies, and to call for the resignation of left-liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Inspired by the French Gilets Jaunes, the Dutch Gele Hesjes (Yellow Vests) will be protesting Saturday morning in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Groningen, and The Hague following similar action last weekend, reports Dutch online newspaper nu.nl.
Unlike the French Yellow Vests, or Yellow Jackets, whose protest originated in reaction to Paris Climate Accord-inspired green tax hikes on fuel, their Dutch counterparts began their movement over government policies including immigration and healthcare.
They are also calling for a reduction in excise duties, the lowering of the age at which pensions can be received, and for the Dutch prime minister to step down, Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Announcing an expansion of protest action to include Rotterdam and Amsterdam this coming Saturday, movement organiser Jikkenien Deerenberg, 55, said that “everyone is welcome, but no banners, flags, or face coverings/balaclavas.”
Vandaag in Den Haag gewandeld en gezongen met @jndkgrf en @umarebru en een mooie groep bezorgde burgers. Die schrijf je niet de wetten voor, die laat je in hun waarde! Die moeten niet 't keurslijf in, die laat je in hun waarde! pic.twitter.com/7ApgZz8HHr
— Jikkenien Deerenberg (@Jikkenien) December 1, 2018