Black Pete controversy: Protests against disputed tradition cancelled

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    The controversial Dutch Christmas tradition of Black Pete has increasingly led to violent confrontations across the Netherlands. It involves a white person dressing up as a Black helper for Santa Claus and is widely considered to be racist. Protests against the tradition have been cancelled out of fear for people’s safety. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Amsterdam, Netherlands. –

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    The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country primarily located in Western Europe and partly in the Caribbean, forming the largest constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with those countries and the United Kingdom. In the Caribbean, it consists of three special municipalities: the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. The country’s official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland, and English and Papiamentu as secondary official languages in the Caribbean Netherlands. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages (spoken in the east and southeast respectively), while Sinte Romani and Yiddish are recognised non-territorial languages.

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