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Die snoekbaars vandaag in de Nieuwe Herengracht gevangen (zie AT5 bericht *) en naar ik hoop weer uitgezet – zie ik als symbool voor de noodzakelijke kentering bij het organiseren van manifestatie in deze stad. Weer de zoveelste ‘massa-manifestatie’ in de stad, waar over het grote aantal deelnemers in de pers gepocht wordt, met groot gejammer dat het dit jaar door vervuild grachtenwater niet kon doorgaan. Is dat wat voor mensen ongeschikt geacht wordt dan wel geschikt voor vissen en andere waterdieren? De gevangen snoekbaars was daarmee de enige deelnemer van Amsterdam City Swim die net uit het water gevist op de foto mocht.

Zwemmen in de gracht? Prima op je eentje of met een klein clubje. Muziek op een bootje (mits niet versterkt) als het niet te vaak is en goed klinkt… kan een aanwinst zijn voor de stad. Hardlopen door de stad? Waarom toch ‘en masse’? Wat is het toch dat al die organisatoren (gesteund door de gemeente) ertoe brengt om het aantal deelnemers steeds tot een maximum op te drijven?

Waarom die concetraties van mensen, teveel mensen… Arena, Ziggodome, overspoelde pretpleinen en -wallen: Rembrandt-, Leidse-… uitgaan en plezier maken in een grote groep, aangevoerd per vliegtuig-, bus-, trein- en metrolading? Toeristen in kluitjes lopend achter de vlag van een gids… Fietsen als toeristische groepsactiviteit, in plaats van als individueel vervoer- en zwerfmiddel bij uitstek.. Wat is die behoeft aan ‘massa’, tot ‘massamens’ gemaakt te worden?

De individueel opererende snoek zoekt scholen aasvis…. zo zijn al die massamanifestaties vooral het tot aasvis maken van mensen, zodat zij zich niet als enkeling, maar in grote scholen bewegen… DAN SLAAT DE SNOEK TOE .. HAP…HAP… de massamens is niet meer dan prooi, verslaafde consument van het heden… die zichzelf het individuele genot ontzegt en zich laat slachtofferen door gehaaide ondernemers.

Het Hollands spreekwoord is “een bliekje werpen om een snoek te vangen” (met iets onbeduidends iets belangrijks proberen te krijgen). Een ‘bliekje’, is een aasvisje, een spiering, dat zijn de tot massa gemaakte mensen, die gevangen worden tussen de scherpe tanden en krachtige kaken van de snoek.

Buig liever de massificatie van Amsterdam om naar demassificatie van Amsterdam.

(*) Tom vangt snoek van ruim een meter in Nieuwe Herengracht
https://www.at5.nl/artikelen/186190/tom-vangt-snoek-van-ruim-een-meter-in-nieuwe-herengracht

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BONTE WAS is NIET GEBAAT bij WIT- ROZE- of ROOD-WASSERS

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Er wordt wat afgewassen met betrekking tot de Gay Parade Amsterdam… terecht wordt er naar mijn mening gesproken over ‘pinkwashing’ van de Gay Pride Amsterdam (*) met al haar kapitale boten van bedrijven, instellingen en politieke partijen die zo hun progressief imago, voor wat voor hen een luttele cent is, weten op te schonen.

De politieke partij DENK die zelf aan ‘turks roodwassen’ doet beschuldigd nu burgemeester Femke Halsema con sui (de rozewassers) ervan Israel en met name Tel Aviv als voorbeeld te stellen van steden waar men goed zou weten om te gaan met emancipatie van homo’s en lhbti-rechten, terwijl het met de rechten van minderheden en verdrukte meerderheden in die streek slecht gesteld is (niet alleen DENK denkt dan aan de recente wetswijziging in Israel waarbij de staat zelf tot een Hebreeuws/Joodse eenheid uitgeroepen wordt, met als gevolg dat zij die een andere indentiteit hebben tweederangs burgers worden).

Het DENK raadslid Numan Yilmaz noemt dat ‘pinkwashing’ (nogmaals, misbruiken van lhbti-acties voor eigen politiek voordeel of imago)… DENK vergat daarbij de benarde positie van homos’ in Turkije in herinnering te brengen, laat staan de verturking van de Turkse staat, die maar niet weet te komen tot een vreedzaam samenleven met de Koerdische minderheid, een verwant conflict in historisch perspectief als we ook de Armeense genocide daar bij betrekken.

Daartegen kwam dan van de weeromstuit het CIDI – de pro-Israel lobby alsook ant-semitisme actievoerder in Nederland – in het geweer met “Niet burgemeester, maar Denk doet aan pinkwashing”… maar ook het CIDI moet daarbij flink wassen om de vuile was van de Israelische staat schoon aan de lijn te krijgen…

Er is het oude spreekwoord ‘de pot verwijt de ketel dat ie zwart ziet’, waarop we hier dan een moderne variant kunnen maken ‘het laken verwijt het kussensloop dat deze wit is’. Ondertussen krijgt de ‘bonte was’ hierdoor een grauw sluier die – ook – niet helemaal fris ruikt. Voor een mooie regenboogvlag heb je een ander wasmiddel nodig.

Referentie artikel in Het Parool : ‘Niet burgemeester, maar Denk doet aan pinkwashing’

Referentie artikel in De Volkskrant: ‘Omstreden wet maakt van Israël Joodse staat; Arabieren voelen zich weggezet als tweederangsburgers’

(*) Hier nog een commentaar uit de marketting branche op ‘pinkwashing”: “Het voelt soms alsof bedrijven alleen met de regenboogvlag zwaaien voor ‘gratis’ aandacht en hun employer brand.” lees hele artikel in ‘marketing facts’: ‘Pride en pinkwashing in marketingland’

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AMSTERDAM ROOFTOP SWIMMING POOL COMMONS ACTION
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A reportage of the rooftop swimming pool action can be found at the web-site of the neighbourhood council (Wijkcentrum d’Oude Stadt)…..
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The web-site HIGHSNOBIETY (the name is serious) has this item on the Bungehuis on the Amsterdam Spuistraat now appropriated by a British based fast grow company ‘Soho House’, after the University of Amsterdam (one of the big property speculators in town with its many buildings acquired in times when real estate prices were of another order) chucked out in 2015 protesting students that had occupied the building and sold it to this supra-jetset-company…

Protest about the extreme gentrification effects of this project by local inhabitants have been negated by the city municipality, direct actions and juridical actions did lead to nothing… so read how such a contested place is sold to its clientele:

“Opening canal-side in Amsterdam’s iconic Bungehuis building on Spuistraat on Monday, July 30, the latest outpost from Soho House is one of it’s nicest members clubs yet. Characteristic of previous clubs, a rooftop pool overlooking Amsterdam comes complete with parasol-covered sun loungers to be fought over on warm weekends. Meanwhile, the house features 79 hotel bedrooms, screening rooms, a state-of-the-art gym, spa, and Cecconi’s restaurant, as well as club spaces decked out with antique and custom-made furniture. Unique to the cycling-obsessed city, the new house will also offer bicycle repairs from a small workshop next to a dedicated storage space for 75 bikes. Like its recent opening in West London’s iconic former Television Centre, the building housing the club is iconic to the city. Built in the 1930s as a trading office, and since serving as the humanities building for the University of Amsterdam, its six stories are covered in limestone and granite, with no shortage of art-deco flourishes. Soho House is accepting membership applications for its new club now. Feast your eyes on the first shots of the stylish new spot in the gallery above.”

All this to make you understand the action for taking a dip in the rooftop pool by the locals – an initiative of the ‘Rolkoffergroep‘ (rolling case/trolley group, named after the irritating sound of tourists with suitcases on small wheel banging over the inner town streets)  –  on August the 8th..

The text on the poster says “the neighbourhood/buurt can go to the rooftop/het dak op” which is a Dutch expression equaling ‘you can fuck off’… this is in fact what the inner city council (Gemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel Centrum) did say by it support for this decadent jetset abode, while at the same time failing to quell the ever growing tourist  influx that consumes the city. It is the same inner city council that fails to safeguard the office space of the local inhabitant council, the Wijkcentrum d’oude Stadt (neighbourhood centre the old city). That centre for support of the inner town city well being was formerly owned by a social housing estate corporation, sold to the highest bidder in the Amsterdam housing bubble. This organisation, het Wijkcentrum d’Oude Stadt, is an organisation that exists since 1949 and has been at the core of civil action in the inner town for many decades. Mind you all this is happening in a city that – since the last elections – claims to have a Green Left signature government…

Especially the issue of a swimming pool in the old inner town has its own sad history, as there has been a public one at the Heiligeweg (not far from the new exclusive one at the Soho House), that existed for 91 years (1896-1987). Inner town inhabitants did form a committee in the eighties of last century to keep the swimming pool from closing because of budget cuts by the then social-democrat city government. They even did manage themselves this public swimming pole for several years. Seeing an exclusive club swimming pool getting a municipal permit 30 years later did remind many of us the loss of social common facilities in a town with a local government that often claims to be social progressive, which is a deep lie.

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Campaign poster from 1983 for keeping the municipal swimming pool open: “B&W (local government) wants to close down the Heiligeweg pool because of needed budget cuts. Swimming is important for kids en grown ups. Now the only swimming pool in the inner town is about to disappear…”


some other thoughts…

Feast your eyes on the first shots of the stylish new spot” was the comment of the HighSNOBiety web-site commentator on the interior of Soho House Amsterdam, which amounts up to nothing more than a ‘non-style’, a smug bric-à-brac of recycled furniture sold under the common-donominator of ‘vintage’ or ‘retro’, a concept that may perfectly fit the ‘retarded’ minds of those who want to spend one and a half thousand euros a year for the ‘mediocre exclusiveness’ of the Soho House enterprise.AMSnote6444.05

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Already in 2016 there was this comment on the so called ‘exclusivity of Soho House in The Guardian (click the ‘The Guardian” for direct link; link underline is not well visible): “York said: “The whole point of private members’ clubs is that exclusivity, that they are where the magic people will all gather. Soho House is a very efficient operation, but there is one at every turn now, and they have diluted their brand to, I think, their detriment.
“I have been going to Soho House since it opened, and going there now it feels like it has lost something. There’s nothing special about it any more; they’ve lost that sheen, and that’s why it’s not where the magic people, the famous people, go any more.”
Soho House has attempted to maintain its appeal to artists and creatives, offering discounts for those under 27, and the only condition of joining is that people have a “creative soul”. Five years ago, it culled hundreds of members from it branch in New York, whom it deemed “too corporate”.

 

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In 2015 I published this lightly formulated protest against the unbearable sound pollution produced by the Gay pride Canal Pride (with sound systems on board of the boats that send shock waves through all the canals and neighbouring neighbourhoods where the parade passes… and worst the pre- and after-parties with street stages with many hours of sound terror. Did it have any effect? NO there is only brute force and brute commercialism in the minds of the Gay Pride organisers. They aim at tolerance and mutual respect in words but the sound terror that is part of Gay Pride has the opposite effect. Why is it that there must always be bug amplifiers and huge loud speakers, competing for who has the loudest?
Here at least in an image a show that it could all be different and nicer…
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After years of Proud & Loud Gay pride Cana Parades that invade the city of Amsterdam with unbearable levels of noise pollution, finally it has dawned on a few more creative inclined fighters for the good cause of emancipation of everyone that it is time to unplug and show that gay emancipation should be considerate also to the inhabitants of the inner town that hosts them. It is not only about the ears of the public, but also their own hearing now and in the future that needs to be recognised. Too long the organisers of Gay pride Amsterdam have remained deaf to complaints about the negative side effects of what in itself is a just cause.

Pain level sound produced not only during the Canal Parade but also on the city streets with outdoor stages during three nights, are experienced as nothing but noise to those who live in the inner town. Many inhabitants are fleeing their homes – some for several days – because of an event that could be liked, but has turned into a hard core commercial enterprise with a competition who has the loudest sound system on board, who dares to turn the amplifiers up beyond any regulation. For those living around the Gay Pride is nothing less and more than three days of ‘sound pollution’.

Many living around the festival will hear from a distance only a mechanical droning base sound without any melody, with some high pitched over-modulated exalted sounds of people shouting in a microphone, this from seven in the evening until midnight during three days. If it was only one afternoon of the Canal Parade moving through the ‘grachten’ it would have been bearable. Each year the outdoor stages produce most of the time the same repertoire of disco and the like, with no renewal whatsoever. The only difference being that the amplification of that repertoire gets louder by the year.

Let’s get over with all this cheap and easily produced invasive self-centred party noise. Let’s become finally creative.

From 2016 on Gay pride Amsterdam will be UNPLUGGED and so many new inspiring opportunities lay ahead: ukelele orchestra on boats, plucking guitars, falsetto voices echoing underneath the bridges, violins, bassoons, flutes, the sound of horns from afar, the dying thunder of timpani, the high tone of a triangle bouncing over the surface of the water and choirs, many choirs of all sorts, performing in many styles…

The emancipation of all those that are treated as unequal will be married to the emancipation of the ear… than the inhabitants do not need to flee or burry their heads under the blanket, wear ear-plugs…

GAY PRIDE UNPLUGGED 2016 will become the herald of a genuine attempt of communicating joy and playfulness to the pleasure of all.

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In 2013, 5 years ago, I made this map and statement to visualise and made understood the extreme sound nuisance produced by the street stages that are part of the Gay Pride manifestation. There is hardly any effect of all the protests (especially by the inhabitants of the inner town of Amsterdam against the street stages with blasing sound systems during three days in a town with a refined structure of working and housing. The Amsterdam city authority are deaf for these protest and favour the Gay Pride use of public space which has developed into a party-industry. There is NO respect for the inhabitants of Amsterdam. The only difference is that we do have this year – 2018 – 21 hours of sound blasting from street stages as compared to 27 hours in 2013. Here we see 5 main street clusters with sound producing stages. In 2018 we count 10 place (in three clusters). [see my article and map on Gay Pride 2018]


CANAL PARADE? OK!
but before and after another 27 hours of too loud sound? NO!

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Gay pride 2013 offers pleasure and fun for many who all say they LOVE Amsterdam as a tolerant city BUT do they love its inhabitants?

Why is it that we who live close to none less than 5 different outdoor stages near the Amstel river have to flee our houses, because during 3 days there is 27 hours of blasting sound with sub-sonic bass sounds that make our windows vibrate. NO consideration for those who live here, those who have helped to make it a tolerant town, which is now exploited commercially up to the limit making our living habitat into an industrial party zone.

Neither the city of Amsterdam nor the Gay pride organisers seem to be aware of the fact that the quality of Amsterdam is that the inner town has a great mix of functions, one being housing for a very mixed population, from the very rich, to middle classes and even low income housing that has escaped the gentrification process.

JUST THE CANAL PARADE and parties during 1 DAY OK! but 3 days of super loud outdoor events is TOO MUCH

Some of us ask themselves if the industrial booming sounds is the only thing Gay Culture has to offer to our city… The boat parade over the years has developed from a pleasure parade for the eyes into a horror flotilla for the ears.

CAN WE HAVE GAY PRIDE UNPLUGGED NEXT YEAR?

Can we be embraced in a more positive way next year by the local, national and international gay community?

YOUR LOUDNESS MAKES MANY DEAF TO YOUR MESSAGE which is about EQUALITY

We are made into UNEQUAL AND UNWILLING PARTICIPANTS by this form of Gay Pride… many living near the open air stages have fled their homes by now… and think about those who can NOT move from their houses because they have no money to go somewhere else, are ill or bound to their house in other ways.

I am about to leave to return only after midnight…. and have to leave again on Sunday from midday to late in teh evening because there is that third day of open air loud music and shouting once more.

Tjebbe van Tijen Saturday August 3. 2013 living very close to the Blauwe Brug over the Amstel river.

PS you should know that the maximum noise levels set by the authorities for the Gay pride (and similar festivals) are constantly broken by the DJs who do not give “a fuck” about anybody else than their fans. Also the specific structure of the city with its canals and the Amstel river and the location of the 5 stages from Amstelveld, Rembrandtplein, Paardenstraat and near the Munt, makes that through reflection and interference the sound produced by the huge loudspeakers travels over the water much further than in other circumstances, it even gets louder at times when two waves of sound combine.

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UNPLUG far too loud GAY PRIDE
– emancipation should be about mutal respect
– about sharing space
– about caring for others
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The GAY PRIDE canal parade only takes 5 hours with an over the top loud blasting sounds from all the boats participating… it is still bearable in the sense that it is moving through the town and then for each region it is only 2 to 3 hours of the nasty blasting high tones and deep roaring bases that pollute the streets and houses: still DOABLE.

For years many people from this town have asked the question what this sound blasting street parties that pester entire neighborhoods have to do with ‘homo-emancipation’. Why it is that the local population should be pestered by high volume sound as an expression of ‘love’, and ‘friendship’. This critique is ONLY about the events of Gay Pride in PUBLIC SPACE… when one reads the whole program, there are many valuable and positive meetings, performances, exhibitions and concerts. Concerts that are not out on the streets are of course NO PART of this critique. There are a few events outside this map at Mercatorplein (good idea to go there), none in the Blijlmer, none in Noord… sonly one seems to be an acceptable level of duration (maybe also of sound content) the event planned at the Nieuwmarkt on August the second.

High sound volumes can be produced by anyone these days. Big sound systems can be rented or bought for low prices. FAR TOO LOUD music in the public space is a structural problem in this city, not only during the Gay Parade, there are many contested outdoor festivals that pester whole neighborhoods, ruin public parks and chase away animals. The organizers of Gay Pride seem to be totally blind to these civil protests against commercial outdoor mass events.

WHY HAS THERE NEVER BEEN A THOUGHT, LET ALONE AN ATTEMPT, TO HAVE AN UNPLUGGED GAY PRIDE? Does that idea not fit with the idea of GAY EMANCIPATION? Is the total commercialized party industry of our days the norm?

What comes before and after the (doable) Canal Parade for those who live in one of the ‘clusters’ of open air stages as mapped here is UNBEARABLE.

We inhabitants of this town have many years of experience with the Gay Pride FAR TOO LOUD event… and those who are not deaf and sensible try to flee their houses… If it was only one day that would have been doable. NO it is two to three days now. Many people do not have the financial means to leave their house and town for several days. Check out the permissible permits given by this town council who supports this sound-terror (that is what it is) and chases the people they should care for, the inhabitants, out of their houses.

There is 21 hours of street-stage activity planned, but NOWHERE it is possible to see what is in the making. The organizers, both from the Gay Enterprise and the Municipality are aware that they stretch things to the limit. This explains their vicious strategy of deception when it comes to give a full insight of the impact on town of the coming up outdoors events. That impact is hidden, not shown.

NO OVERVIEW MAPPING by the organizers, NO OVERVIEW MAP by the Municipality. When you check the many web-sites of Gay Pride promotors you are confronted with amateur made agendas full with superlative descriptions, but with no clear indication of what is ‘indoors’ and what is ‘outdoors’ often very unclear about when a specific event is starting or ending.
So the only overview I could find is a municipal page with links to 15 ‘bewonersbrieven’ (letters to the inhabitants)…
https://www.amsterdamgaypride.nl
Each letter is in PDF format (so they need to be opened one by one). The links to the ‘bewonersbrieven’ do indicate only partly the street of area name, some only carry the name of a bar that has a permit for a street stage, without mentioning a street name, like: ‘Bewonersbrief straatfeest Cafe Reality’, Bewonersbrief straatfeest Vivelavie’.

The content of the ‘bewonersbrieven’ all mention the fact that the event will create ‘some disturbance/nuisance’ followed by a contact number 14020 (which is the general nuisance complain number of the city). There is NO statement about the admissible sound-level set by the municipality and how sound levels will be controlled, if there is any mechanism to stop a situation when too much noise is produced.

Of course us inhabitants of the inner town know, that once the party is going there is NO STOPPING… You can call, wait for a long, long time before getting someone on the telephone. There is always insufficient response capacity, not enough controllers on the ground that have the equipment to do sound measuring, let alone anybody willing or formally entitled to unplug a sound system that breaches all rules.

Nobody ever has thought about the municipality buying sound-control systems that can be steered by the municipality itself instantly and constantly keeping the sound levels at the level promised. There have been many meetings and commissions and procedures, but these are all just for producing documents that prove that ‘on paper’ everything is done correctly.

This is a the typical Amsterdam bureaucracy specialty. The paper work they produce is impressive, but means nothing. Let me quote the titles of two of such documents form the list on the municipal web site:
– ‘Beleidskader 2011’ (policy paper 20110)
– ‘Handreiking voor een brandveilig evenement’ (reach-out paper for a fire safe event)
Then I see a link to a PDF with drawings at the bottom of that list… https://bekendmakingen.amsterdam.nl/publish/pages/96787/6_tekeningen_feesten_en_overig_2018.pdf
And when I browse through this document I come across a few more stages than in the list of letters to the inhabitants: -Geelvincksteeg, -Rembrandtplein, -Elandsstraat/Hazenstraat. Are these street events scrapped? No idea! This almost hidden document just shows detailed drawings for stages and loudspeakers.

The dates and times mentioned in the municipal permits and shown in this map DO NOT INCLUDE the building up and taking down of all the stage equipment, outside bars and the like. Also several permits for sound from street stages end at midnight, but the street parties may continue – according to the permits – for one hour more…

What is also not included is the tremendous noise produced by the municipal vacuum cleaners and broom wagons that will be for hours in the streets and areas affected.

What is not included is the noise and nuisance of masses of party goers who will have not only filled themselves to the limit with alcohol but also with all kinds of other recreational drugs. They will shout, they will piss, they will leave their tins, bottles and so on, on the doorsteps of houses and in wide circles around the core space of the 10 street events.

ALL THIS IN THE NAME OF GAY EMANCIPATION… which thus becomes a lie because it does not produce “love and friendship”. It is just like any other mass consumption party event… that brutally takes over public space and negates the fact that all this is happening inside a city, putting the burden on a few neighborhoods that are already affected by mass tourism and all the misfortunes of being part of the leisure industry that slowly takes over this town.

EMANCIPATION SHOULD BE ABOUT MUTAL RESPECT, ABOUT SHARING SPACE, ABOUT CARING FOR OTHERS, not a self centred international community partying with total disrespect of local inhabitants.

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poster I made in the year 2012… nothing has been learned by the Gay Pride Incorporated enterprises and the community that supports their business.

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DE WALLEN ZIJN TRENDY
– of de teloorgang van gerechtigheid uit sprookjes –
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Nadat de Ombudsman met zijn berichtgeving over de onhoudbare toestand voor de gewone Amsterdamse buurtbewoner op De Wallen eerst het lokale nieuws wist te bereiken, vervolgens de landelijke pers en zelfs de NOS er een item aan wijdde, kunnen andere gezagsdragers niet achterblijven… zo spoedde Femke Halsema zich met heel haar gevolg van assistenten, politieagenten en vooral veel camera’s zich naar de Rosse Buurt om acte de présence te geven. Het zal niet lang meer duren of Femke en Willem Alexander wandelen hand in hand over De Wallen… dat moet de burger moed geven is de gedachte hierachter en ook is het een onmisbaar onderdeel van de waardebepaling van een gezagdrager of -draagster op de media-markt (en laten we wel wezen dat is het uiteindelijke hoogste doel van alles als je in bestuur of politiek actief bent).
De door velen zeer gewaardeerde ‘eigen observaties’ van de ombudsman, Arre Zuurmond gingen aanvankelijk gepaard zonder beelden van hem als persoon, laat staan geposeerde beelden op de plaats des onheils.
Dat was even effectief als sympathiek. Zijn gang naar het nieuws, met de bijbehorende fixatie op zijn persoon, mag dan wel tot doel hebben om de goede zaak van het bestrijden van overlast te dienen, de consequentie is dat hij zijn taak als incognito observant daarmee verloren heeft. Dat is jammer en het is de vraag of hij een legertje ‘mollen’ als plaatsvervangende observanten achter de hand heeft om zijn goede werken voor te zetten.
Anders is het voor hoogwaardigheidsbekleders die niet langer – zoals in vele sprookjes uit vele culturen te vinden is – vermomd als ‘gewone vrouw of man’ zelf de ware toestand van het volk in ogenschouw nemen om vervolgens gerechtigheid te laten zegevieren. Het bezoekje van Femke Halsema aan De Wallen ervaar ik als misplaatst. Dat had anders gekund, kunnen de grimeur en kleermaker uit de Stopera niet een voortreffelijke vermomming voor haar fabriceren? Wat was het nut van die kleine stoet met floodlights en camera’s op De Wallen? Had zij niet beter zich publiekelijk kunnen uitspreken over de waarde die zij hecht aan de reportages van de gemeentelijke ombudsman?
Het wachten is op de koning die op Koningsdag De Wallen gaat bezoeken en persoonlijk al het gajes in de gracht zal smijten… gaan we dat meemaken?
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Willem-Alexander zijn moeder deed het wel. Laat ik dit in herinnering roepen, het jaar is 1965 (Willem Alexander is nog niet geboren): “Het had allemaal een groot geheim moeten blijven. In 1965 nam majoor Bosshardt van het Leger des Heils prinses Beatrix mee door de Wallen, de rosse buurt van Amsterdam. In vermomming, want de jonge prinses mocht niet herkend worden. Uiteindelijk werd ze, ondanks haar pruik, hoofddoek en dikke bril, herkend tijdens het uitdelen van De Strijdkreet, het tijdschrift van het Leger des Heils.”

Op de web-site van het Legers des Heils op een pagina gewijd aan Majoor Bosshardt is een foto met bijschrift te vinden van dit sprookjesachtig bezoek aan de wallen van Beatrix.

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“Er waren weinig mensen zó benaderbaar als majoor Bosshardt. Ze had veel bekende vrienden die bewondering hadden voor de tomeloze inzet voor de naaste in nood. Ze raakte zelfs bevriend met prinses en later koningin Beatrix. Ze nam de prinses eens undercover mee de Wallen op om de verschrikkelijke realiteit van prostitutie en armoede te laten zien. Later kwamen ze elkaar geregeld tegen bij officiële gelegenheden, zoals het openen van diverse nieuwe locaties van het Leger. Na het overlijden van de majoor opende prinses Beatrix het Leger des Heilsmuseum op de Wallen en de vernieuwde opvanglocatie voor dak- en thuislozen, vlak naast het huis waar Bosshardt altijd heeft gewoond. Ook met koningin Juliana had de majoor goed contact. Zo is ze eens met haar kenmerkende mandje via de achterdeur het paleis ingegaan om de koningin te bezoeken.” (bijschrift op web-site Leger des Heils)

 

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