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Studio Slurp

The 148 of Breda
Location
Markendaalseweg 48
Material
Latex
Year
2018

A Royal Protest

When a young Queen Beatrix decided to celebrate her first Queen’s Day in Breda, rumours quickly spread about hundreds of youths planning to demonstrate against this. Willem Merkx, then mayor of Breda, was afraid things would escalate so on the early morning of April 30 1981 he decided to preventatively arrest people, before there was any case of civil disorder.

Edwin Wiekens

This mostly happened based on appearance: a leather jacket, a button or having long hair as a man was enough. In total, 148 people were violently arrested, and spent the rest of the day in a police cage without food, water or sanitary facilities.

Edwin Wiekens

Protest!

The arrests lead to a national demonstration with the slogan ‘Stop Politiegeweld Nu’ (stop police violence now), held on June 27 1981 in Amsterdam, Groningen, Roermond, Utrecht and Breda.

History Month

The painting was made during History Month, themed ‘protest’, for which the students did research at Stadsarchief Breda (city archives). The painting is located on the new BN de Stem (newspaper) office, which is the former police station

Edwin Wiekens

About the artist

Studio Slurp

From
Nederland
Profession
Illustration, Design
Website
Studio Slurp

Studio Slurp was established by Illustration students at AKV | St. Joost who worked on the painting during the ‘St. Joost Incubator’.