Smash And Shout: Dutch Find New Ways To Vent Covid Frustrations


Covid: Dutch bars, eating places and most shops have been closed since mid-December.


One swinging a sledgehammer and the opposite a crowbar, twin brothers Steven and Brian Krijger grin as they take turns pulverising a Peugeot 106 spray-painted with the phrases “F*** COVID”.

They’re members in “CarSmash”, a Dutch mission geared toward offering locked-down locals with methods of releasing anger and frustration constructed up throughout a pandemic now coming into its third yr.

Dutch bars, eating places and most shops have been closed since mid-December, when curbs took impact that the federal government – battling to comprise document numbers of coronavirus circumstances – is just not on account of evaluate till January 14.

“There may be nothing to do as of late,” mentioned Brian. “We will not work as a result of, we personal a bar and we’re closed. So we thought we might let a few of that frustration go and smash a automobile.”

Merlijn Boshuizen, who runs “CarSmash” from a breakers’ yard in Vijfhuizen close to Amsterdam, says shoppers start by spray-painting “what’s current of their lives” onto their chosen car.

“The minute that they begin wrecking the automobile, we ask them to shut their eyes, to really feel their ft on the ground, really feel the facility, each vein in your physique, really feel what you’re doing, and in that method to attempt to get it out of your life.”

Just a few miles to the south within the Hague, vocal coach Julie Scott runs “Screech on the Seaside”, a scheme with comparable goals that she developed whereas searching for “one thing bodily and one thing to launch a number of the stress” constructed up by not having the ability to work indoors.

Going through into the wind facet by facet with Julie because it whipped off the ocean, shopper Rozemarijn Kardijk jumped up and down yelling till she ran of breath whereas making an attempt to suppress amusing.

“You’ll be able to simply – Whaa! Let your self go,” mentioned Rozemarijn, a administration secretary hoping to study to talk with extra confidence in her skilled life.

“You do not have to consider different issues, it is the wideness of the seaside and the ocean … Your voice goes over the ocean and it does not return to you. It is a sense of freedom.”

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