November 16 2013 2:23pm

Arrival of Sinterklaas, protest against controversial helper Black Pete

The Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday to the delight of thousands of children. But even as the Sinterklaas festival kicked off around the country a group gathered in downtown Amsterdam to protest against one element of the party they see as unwelcome: his assistant in blackface makeup, Black Pete.

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