Coolest christmas thing to do in the Netherlands: visit the Church in The Hague that is entering its 9th week of holding uninterrupted 24/7 church services to prevent the police from entering the building and deporting a refugee family.
The church always needs at least one visitor to legally be in service so a time like 5 AM is the very best moment to come show your solidarity.
An uninterrupted 24/7 church service was held in a The Hague church for 96 days to prevent the police from entering the building and deporting a refugee family.
Almost a thousand preachers spoke during the 2.300 hours of service.
The service was ended on January 30th, 2019, as new legislation was agreed upon that allowed the family to stay in the Netherlands.
The 'kinderpardon' agreement hinged on whether a child who grew up in the Netherlands is allowed to stay because they are is 'rooted' in Dutch society and can not be expected to build a new home in a country they have never seen.
The new agreement protects about 700 children who have grown up in the Netherlands from deportation, but closes the door to future applications based on the same grounds.
yeah, the political agreement is a mixed bag of good and bad,
but it's really good for this family and the other families on the good side of the deal
and the whole operation is some very impressive church activism that almost contributed to the end of the current political coalition
so here's hoping these preachers feel their own power and do more shit like this.
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