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Dutch Residents Plan to Throw Rotten Eggs at Jeff Bezos’ Superyacht Over Dismantling a Historic Bridge So it Can Pass-Through

Jim Hoft
February 6th, 2022

Local residents in Rotterdam, Netherlands, are organizing to throw rotten eggs at Jeff Bezos’ mega-yacht saying it will not pass the historic bridge “without a fight.”

According to reports, officials in the Dutch city of Rotterdam may dismantle part of the historic Koningshaven Bridge, also known as De Hef, to make way for Jeff Bezos’ superyacht.

The 417-foot yacht, named the Y721, which cost around £400 million, is being built at the Oceano shipyard in Alblasserdam, Netherlands. In order to get the boat out, part of the historic bridge should be dismantled temporarily.

After hearing the news, a local resident of Rotterdam organized an event on Facebook with the title, “Throwing eggs at superyacht Jeff Bezos.”

The event was organized by Pablo Strörmann. At the time of this writing, 10,000 have responded so far with 2,200 had chosen to attend and 7,800 people responded interested.

“Calling all Rotterdammers, take a box of (rotten) eggs with you, and let’s throw them en masse at Jeff’s superyacht when it sails through the Hef in Rotterdam. Rotterdam was built from the rubble by the people of Rotterdam, and we don’t just take that apart for the phallus symbol of a megalomaniac billionaire. Not without a fight!” Strörmann wrote.

More from Daily News:

A spokesperson for Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb’s office confirmed the middle section of the Dutch city’s bridge, known locally as De Hef, would be temporarily removed. Overall, it’s expected to take about two weeks and will provide the 130-foot clearance required for the luxury water vessel to pass through.

The move however, has triggered some backlash among locals, who have cited the bridge’s historic nature. It has stood in Rotterdam since 1927 and was severely damaged in a series of bombings carried out by the Nazis during World War II.

During renovations of the bridge in 2017, the city council promised residents the bridge it would never again be dismantled, but officials have said Bezos’ project will generate both revenue and jobs for the community.

Municipal project leader Marcel Walravens echoed the sentiment while rejecting suggestions to sail the partially finished boat beneath the bridge. He told AFP that it would be impractical.

“From an economic perspective and maintaining employment, the municipality considers this a very important project,” he said. “In addition, Rotterdam has also been declared the maritime capital of Europe. Shipbuilding and activity within that sector are therefore an important pillar of the municipality.”

Watch: Dutch Police Use Attack Dogs Against Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Amid the Omicron Covid variant spread, and despite an emerging consensus that this latest variant is not very severe in terms of individual impact and hospitalizations, lockdowns are returning to much of Europe, but so are fierce protests.

Remember, all of this is for your “safety”

Chaotic and disturbing scenes are coming out of Sunday’s large anti-restriction protests near the National Museum in Amsterdam. The protest had been declared illegal by authorities, but a huge crowd showed up anyway, and that’s when police in riot gear attempted to disperse thousands.

Among many scenes of people being beaten with police batons, dogs were also unleashed on the demonstrators, including in the above video which shows a man being mauled by a police dog who wouldn’t let go of his arm – even as he was prone on the ground at one point. It’s unclear if the officers were wanting the dog to release after clearly injuring the man, or if they wanted the animal to continue biting him.

Just before the police unleashed violent tactics on the crowd, the anti-lockdown protesters surrounded the anti-riot force and their vans, presumably there to make mass arrests.

“The Netherlands went into a sudden lockdown on December 19, with the government ordering the closure of all but essential stores, as well as restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, museums and other public places until at least January 14,” CNN writes of the new controversial lockdown. “Public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited under the current set of restrictions.”

The protest looked to be at least in the tens of thousands, and possibly bigger:

Clearly citizens in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe are furious over this climate of the ‘never-ending pandemic’ and corresponding lockdowns which governments seem to now impose with ease.

Angry crowds go after riot control police in The Netherlands this weekend:

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