Agence France-PresseOctober 26, 2013 12:16
Hundreds of people marched in the Netherlands on Saturday to show their support for "Black Pete", the traditional Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, who has been labelled as racist by critics.
"Up to 500 people protested for two-and-a-half hours in Malieveld," a park in the centre of The Hague, police spokesman Cor Spruijt told AFP.
"Some 40 people were dressed as Black Pete," he added.
"Black Pete" accompanies Saint Nicholas during a children's festival on December 5, when the Dutch give gifts to each other.