The court of The Hague does not give permission for an event that an Eritrean organization had wanted to hold in Rijswijk on Saturday evening.
The municipality of Rijswijk announced this week that it did not wish to issue a permit for a party that the Netherlands Eritrean Platform Foundation (SNEP) had planned in the Event Plaza conference center for Saturday, August 13. The municipality objected because the permit had not been requested in time, four weeks in advance. In administrative proceedings, SNEP asked the court in The Hague to take a preliminary injunction so that the party could still go ahead.Also read this article: Resistance to party in Rijswijk because of ‘the long arm of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea’
Risk of disturbances
Stientje van Dijk, corporate lawyer for the municipality of Rijswijk, told the court on Friday afternoon that the risk of disturbances at this meeting, unlike previous times when the party did take place in Rijswijk, is higher. The municipality fears the actions of the announced speaker Awel Seid.
According to opponents of the party, the Human Rights Foundation for Eritreans, Seid is an accomplice of the dictatorial regime in Eritrea. He would be guilty of ‘hate speech’ about, for example, the inhabitants of Tigray, the northern state of Ethiopia where a war is raging.
Seid is ‘a poet’
According to the organizers of the meeting, it is a normal party and there is no reason to fear any disorder. “We are Dutch Eritreans and we come together for fun. We have nothing to do with the government in Eritrea,” said spokesman Jozef. Ten security guards have also been hired.
Lawyer Claudia Berghout calls speaker Seid ‘a poet’. He is “a poet who talks about beautiful Eritrea and why young people should appreciate the country of Eritrea.”
The court says it will only substantiate the decision in writing at a later date.