Society has evolved past the need for Vindicat
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Friday evening saw large numbers of police called into action as a Vindicat party at the Kardinge Sports Centre spiralled out of control due to the combined problems of too much alcohol and zero personal responsibility.
Meanwhile, an RTV Noord poll posing the statement “Vindicat should be temporarily banned” has (from about 6,000 respondents thus far) received 94 percent agreement.
“It was a grim scene, with large numbers of people rioting and causing damage”, says police spokesperson Thijs Damstra. About 23:15 the police were called to the Vindicat-organised yearly party. The besuited Vindicats had been throwing objects at buses, because they were unable to board and continue their partying in the city centre.
As reported by RTV Noord, the bus company QBuzz then decided not to run any more buses through Karinge, causing even more red-faced outrage on the part of the drunk Vindicaters.
The riot unit had to be called in (it had been located at the FC Groningen football match, which passed off without issue), and peace was finally returned to the area by about 00:30. After being unable to catch a bus, the poshos then crowded onto bus routes and ran across the motorway, say the police.
Vindicat had told the bus company that about 700 people would attend the party, but the number of people vastly exceeded that.
City Council up in arms
It remains to be seen whether any action will be taken by the City of Groningen, the University, or indeed anyone else. However, the Groningen chapters of GroenLinks, the PvdA, and D66 have all backed a council motion to punish the social club for its ever-growing list of misdeeds.
The Socialist Party in the city council has called for a debate on the issue on Wednesday. Mayor Koen Schuiling has yet to speak on the matter.