THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Wednesday with Dutch Black Lives Matter protesters to discuss how best to tackle racism and entrenched inequality in the Netherlands.
Rutte invited a small group to his official residence in The Hague, but they didn't include organizers of mass Black Lives Matter protests or members of the action group Kick Out Black Pete, which has campaigned for years against the children's character, who is often portrayed by white people in blackface makeup.
"We think it's more a PR stunt than a serious conversation about combating racism," said Mitchell Esajas, who is part of the Kick Out Black Pete group and the Black Lives Matter movement in the Netherlands and wasn't invited to the talks.
Rutte said after the meeting that he had agreed to keep talking about the issue of racism, including with leaders of the two movements.
He said he wants to use the wave of anger and activism unleashed by images of George Floyd's death in the U.S. to effect change. Floyd, a Black man who cried out that he couldn't breathe as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee to his neck for over eight minutes, died on May 25.
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