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Smile, you're on a Dam square camera [May 5, 2012]

There are, according to Saturday's Parool, 77 surveillance and other cameras focused on Dam square and the Damrak. More than enough you might think. But no, for Friday's Remembrance Day ceremony with queenie, they had to add another eight.

Ten of the cameras have been placed there by the city council and the police while 67 are privately owned - including the webcam high above Madam Tussauds which sends out pictures 15 hours a day via webcam.nl.

The research was carried out by the Comite 4 en 5 Mei - the committee which organises the annual Remembrance and Liberation Day ceremonies all over the country.

'It is not an activist plea for no cameras, but a way of talking about freedom and security,' Joost Janmaat told the paper. 'How free is a place such as the Dam, when everyone who visits it is under continual camera surveillance?'

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