Violent clashes erupt in the Netherlands over ‘blacked up’ childrens’ Christmas parade

POLICE have been forced to intervene in bloody and violent clashes in the Netherlands as people ‘blacking up’ for a childrens’ parade face claims of racism.

The tradition of ”Zwarte Pieten”, or Black Peter, sees followers paint their faces black, don red lips and afros during the festive season.

For the past 150 years residents have paraded though towns dressed as Saint Nicholas’ helper, but processions have grown increasingly violent in recent years.