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Screaming for culture [November 21, 2010]

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Joined the several thousand people on the Leidseplein on Saturday to 'scream for culture' - part of the nationwhie protests against the government's plans to cut spending on the arts and put up btw on ticket prices from 6% to 19%.

The screaming and singing was pretty loud but I doubt they will hear it in The Hague.

It is, as one of the speakers (all restricted to one minute) said, the revenge of Geert Wilders, who refused to sanction any compromise against the tax hike - even though the VVD was quite prepared to go along with it. Wilders thinks everyone in the arts hates him. They do now.

Football, I hasten to add, only has 6% on ticket prices, yet we pay a fortune in policing costs.

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