I usually avoid posting about sensationalist topics and feeding the rage algorithms. I left FB for a reason after all. But this anecdote I found hard to just ignore for how weird it is to me.

A neighbour works for the Dutch government institute for public health and environment. This neighbour works for the environmental part, while the public health part is the main scientific advisor for the pandemic response, and leads the vaccination programme. Vaccination is voluntary of course, so people are receiving invitation letters in the mail when their year of birth is up for making an appointment. My neighbour told me that last Thursday a small group of people showed up at the front door of the institute’s offices to publicly burn their invitation letters.

It’s an invitation, not a summons. You can discard the invitation. And you’re burning it in front of a public building where there’s hardly anybody around. People, including from this institute, mostly work from home after all. I don’t understand what they’re protesting by burning an optional request. Also, if you’re protesting and nobody knows you’re doing it does it actually protest anything?

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