The above video was taken this evening just after 8pm. It’s our Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) in the Netherlands today and during a 2 minute silence at Dam Square in Amsterdam panic broke out. There are a number of stories in regards to what started it all, someone screaming, becoming unwell and knocking a barrier over, knocking over some baggage, talking on their mobile, or arguing. Who knows, but regardless…whatever it was it scared the bejesus out of a lot of people.
All I know is, I wouldn’t want to be the person who started it. Especially if it was someone on their mobile or just acting out. Way to show your respect jackass.
Who can blame them really, being so close to the royal family after what happened last year.
On Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag, a Dutch holiday celebrating the Queen’s Birthday) 2009 celebrations ended badly when a disturbed man drove through a barricade and the crowd in an attempt to attack the royal family. In the end he died and took a number of others with him. It was a very sad and tragic day in the Netherlands.
So who wouldn’t be jumpy this year, even just a little.
Here is the video from the Queen’s Day Parade last year.
Hopefully nobody was too badly hurt in the panic this year, and more than anything, lets hope that maybe next year the spring celebrations will go by with a little less drama.