Anti-Black Pete activist Jerry Afriyie has been sentenced to pay damages for resisting arrest. Afriyie protested against ‘Black Pete’ at the 2014 Sinterklaasintocht in Gouda, but was violently arrested for wearing a t-shirt that stated ‘Black Pete is racism‘. According to the public prosecutor, Afriyie should not have resisted the violent arrest.
According to police, Afriyie was arrested in 2014 because his protest would cause direct danger. Another 89 people were arrested that day, but Afriyie is the only one who has to appear before the court. According to police, Afriyie pushed police and pinched one officer’s leg as he was being arrested.
The court in The Hague ruled last year that police had indeed used too much violence during the arrest and that there had never been any actual direct danger. The public prosecutor disagreed and appealed the ruling. Afriyie now has to pay 500 euro for damages to the officers who violently arrested him, and on top of that received a conditional fine of 500 euros.
CW: In the video, Afriyie can be heard screaming “Ik kan niet ademen”, “I can’t breathe“.