By Jennifer Popplewell •
Updated: 08 Nov 2023 • 12:31
Credit: @protestinbeeld X
Two arrests have been made in Amsterdam, after the annual Museum Night ended in disaster and destruction of public property.
Several museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum, were defaced with paint on Saturday night. A spokesperson has since reported that the security service have arrested two suspects and turned them over to the police.
The defacing included the underpass at the Rijksmuseum, which was splattered with bright red paint in various areas at around 9.45pm. Some of the windows of the Van Gogh Museum were also targeted with the same paint.
A spokesperson for the police told a local TV station that “a few bystanders were also covered in paint”.
The motive behind these crimes against the buildings is still unclear. With many speculating on social media that it is some kind of protest whilst others argue it as ‘reckless defacing’. The police have stated that they, “hope to get more clarity on this after questioning the suspects,”.
A high police presence is currently in action around the museums and some parts have been cordoned off with official barrier tape and cones. An employee at the Rijksmuseum explained that the gates of the underpass there have also been closed because the chemicals used in the incident could potentially pose a health risk.
For now the graffiti still stands, and no notice has been given as to when it will be removed.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
Jennifer is a proud northerner from Sheffield, England, who is currently living in Spain. She loves swimming in rivers, talking to the stars and eating luxurious chocolate.
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.