Yesterday evening, thousands gathered to rally in Paris, actions backed by Parisian mayor Anne Hidalgo. The subsequent demonstration of solidarity in Amsterdam will be led by members of the press and police – the two groups, both working to uphold the freedom and values of our society, that were targeted in this attack.
The Amsterdam College of Mayor and Alderpersons call upon all Amsterdammers to participate in the demonstration as a show of solidarity with the citizens of Paris, the press and the police. The event is set to begin at 18:00, gathering at the address of the Consulate General of France in Amsterdam (Vijzelstraat 2). The demonstration coincides with a procession taking place in Paris at the same time. At 18:30, the participants in Amsterdam will begin a march to Dam Square. The programme is as follows:
- 18:00: Gather at Vijzelstraat 2. Participants are asked to gather behind representatives of the police and press, congregating from the direction of Weteringschans.
- 18:30: Start of march, heading towards Dam Square via Muntplein and Rokin.
- 19:00: Arrival at Dam Square.
- 19:30: Speeches by guests, including Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Mayor Van der Laan and Amsterdam's police commissioner Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg.
- 20:00: End of the programme.
Speaking on behalf of the City of Amsterdam, Mayor Van der Laan has expressed his shock at the attack in Paris: “An attack on a cartoonist/journalist is an attack on freedom of speech. As such, it is an attack on freedom, and therefore, an attack on all of us. It was also an attack on the police. All in, it is horrific, because journalists and police agents are exactly the people who represent freedom in our society.”Residents are advised that the demonstration and march will disrupt road, bicycle and public transport connections around the route. Diversions will be put in place to minimise disruption. For the latest news on public transport connections in the city centre, visit the GVB website.