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Polarization in the Netherlands

JORIS VAN GENNIP

by Joris van Gennip | website

It's February, 2016. As every other country in Europe, the Netherlands is subject to change.
Change in politics, direction and people’s opinions.

These changes, often fuelled by global events as the refugee crisis and terrorism, give people the need to fight against it or to openly show their - extreme - views.

This series shows some of the voices expressed in our culture, which might be seemingly harmonious but has increasing polarizing differences.

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 Clashes during the demonstration

Clashes during the demonstration

 "Refugees welcome, racism is not" 

"Refugees welcome, racism is not" 

 Joris: "Around two years ago I started attending demonstrations to photograph them"

Joris: "Around two years ago I started attending demonstrations to photograph them"

 Wilders hands out pepperspray in the town of Vlissingen

Wilders hands out pepperspray in the town of Vlissingen

 "At first I went primarily for the excitement, which is sometimes difficult to find in such an incrediblly privileged country like the Netherlands"

"At first I went primarily for the excitement, which is sometimes difficult to find in such an incrediblly privileged country like the Netherlands"

 "But the more I started documenting them the more I became fascinated by them"

"But the more I started documenting them the more I became fascinated by them"

Demonstratie DTG, NVU en Pegida tegen komst nieuw AZC - Enschede - 13-02-16 (35 of 155).jpg
Demonstratie DTG, NVU en Pegida tegen komst nieuw AZC - Enschede - 13-02-16 (86 of 155).jpg
 "Protests are a symbolic voice, giving great insights into the general opinion of a country."

"Protests are a symbolic voice, giving great insights into the general opinion of a country."

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Demonstratie Pegida en Anti-demonstratie Amsterdam 06 02 16 (16 of 25).jpg
 "The rise of  Pegida , together with  DTG , gained a lot of momentum at the start of the refugee crisis because of the Anti-Black Pete movement that rose from the deeply rooted issue of racism."

"The rise of Pegida, together with DTG, gained a lot of momentum at the start of the refugee crisis because of the Anti-Black Pete movement that rose from the deeply rooted issue of racism."

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HEESCH - Ondanks de noodverordening die door de gemeente Bernheze is ingesteld zijn er demonstranten komen opdagen. 25-01-16 (63 of 69).jpg
Vrouw schreeuwd tegen de pers dat ze uit moeten kijken omdat haar kleinkind in de verdrukking dreigt te raken.jpg