The Amsterdam triangle finds the possible arrival of David Icke to the demonstration “Together for the Netherlands” on November 6 on Dam Square very undesirable. David Icke has made anti-Semitic statements in the past that are unacceptable and deeply hurtful. The triangle therefore finds the social unrest to which his eventual arrival leads completely understandable and believes that the dignity of the monument on Dam Square is at stake if he speaks there.
There is contact with the organization of the demonstration “Samen voor Nederland” (Together for the Netherlands) and the triangle makes a heavy appeal to the organization to withdraw the invitation to Icke and in any case to move to another place in the city. In anticipation of his possible arrival, the municipality of Amsterdam requests the IND to investigate whether Icke can be refused entry to the country.
According to the law (Public Manifestations Act), the local government is not allowed to interfere with the content of a demonstration. The freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate are enshrined in our constitution, which means that it is not possible to prohibit Icke (if he does come to the Netherlands) from speaking in advance. However, the Public Prosecution Service can intervene if he is guilty of criminal offenses during a speech. Any speech will be closely monitored by the Public Prosecutor to assess whether criminal statements are being made. In addition, the triangle keeps a close eye on public order around the demonstration and will, if possible and necessary, move it or act in another way.