The foundation organized an annual conference for Young Peoples Front for Democracy and Justice Holland (YPFDJ). This would be held from 14 to 16 April 2017 in a conference center in Veldhoven. A day before the conference, a bus with demonstrators arrived at the center, they were summoned by a former vice president of Eritrea to demonstrate against the conference. Skirmishes between the police and protesters arose from 16.00 hours. Around 7:15 PM, the demonstrators refused to comply with an order from the police to leave. Approximately 120 detainees were detained there. At 7.51 pm the mayor issued an emergency order that the conference should not go ahead.
The foundation and 135 conference participants objected
against this emergency order. They also went to court on the same day for a temporary provision
so that the conference could continue. This request was rejected
. The mayor maintained the emergency order in objection . The foundation stepped to court again. And this time many individual conference participants also turn to the courts. Some of the arrested demonstrators were recently acquitted
by the subdistrict court
of not following orders from the police.
Despite the fact that the conference was planned more than a year ago, there is still a process interest. The foundation and conference goers have suffered damage: the foundation has incurred costs for the organization, and the participants have to make travel expenses. They want to get this reimbursed and have to get them right in this procedure first.
The foundation and the conference participants argue, among other things, that the mayor was not authorized to issue an emergency order because there was no serious disorder or the fear of it. In addition, the mayor would have made insufficient efforts to allow the conference to continue and to have insufficiently informed of the availability of police in case the announced demonstrators actually appeared.
According to the mayor, the day before the conference, there was a persistent pattern of serious disorder, there was an explicit risk of repeated and increasing disruptions of public order and the conference center could not guarantee the safety of the participants in the conference. After the police had indicated that they could not guarantee the safety of the attendees and the police had also requested the mayor to make use of his emergency powers, the burgomaster found that other less restrictive measures than the prohibition of the conference could suffice. an emergency order.