UpdateOn the day when President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the House of Representatives via a direct call, the Ukrainian flag is banned directly in front of the Russian embassy. Initiator Meryl van Fraunhoven talks about it as a stigma on social media and gets a lot of support. “How can he be so cruel?”
Meryl van Fraunhoven, once a board member of the Nationale-Nederlanden and Dutch railways and president of the Dutch Financial Markets Authority, caused quite a stir when she announced a few years ago that she was switching to education. As a ‘side entrance’, she now stands in front of the class and teaches group 6. The previous ‘Best Woman of the Year’ works as a primary school teacher in Scheveningen.
Van Fraunhoven thought it would be a good idea to have his voice heard Thursday morning at the Russian embassy where a large Ukrainian flag was hung. “At 8.30 a.m. our flag was raised, at 9.15 a.m. the phone rang,” she wrote on LinkedIn.
Where can the concerned citizens of The Hague express their concerns and indignation?
Police, that our flag should go from the municipality. And by the way, they will not issue a permit. Yesterday, the municipality removed all the walls of the demonstration. Where can the concerned citizens of The Hague express their concerns and indignation?
“The right to demonstrate and freedom of expression, a fundamental right, but what about The Hague?” Van Fraunhoven concludes.
Holy fundamental right
According to a spokeswoman for the municipality of The Hague, demonstrations were allowed this morning. No permit is required for this. This is a sacred fundamental right that applies to everyone. “There are absolutely no restrictions,” the spokeswoman said. “It’s not for nothing that we have 1,600 demonstrations a year.”
But the problem is that the teacher left after her protest without taking the flag with her. This is not the intention. If you leave the march and the demonstration is over, you are expected to take your belongings with you again or break them. This is what she was asked to do. We won’t monitor that or anything like that and we’re not responsible for it.”
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