1966 Photo Contest, Spot News, Honorable mention

Arthur Bastiaanse

14 June, 1966

Riots by construction workers on Dam Square in Amsterdam during the Holland Festival. Heavy riots broke out on 13 June 1966, when construction workers, who were not members of a trade union, were told that their vacation bonus would be cut down with 2%. During the riots, one of the construction workers died from a heart attack. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, however, reported the following day that he had died from wounds caused by a stone thrown by one of his comrades. Enraged by this one-sided coverage of the story, the workers assaulted De Telegraaf building on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, and the riots came thus to be known as De Telegraaf Riots (De Telegraafrellen).

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Arthur Bastiaanse

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