Hoorn first wants to discuss the outcome of the so-called ‘city talks’ about racism and exclusion. Only then is a decision made about the statue. The image of the VOC governor has been the subject of fierce discussion for some time, which led to a demonstration last summer. Police officers and horses were injured.
Following the demonstration and discussions, the municipality decided to hold talks with the residents about racism and the colonial and slavery past.
Only when all those conversations have been incorporated into a so-called ‘inclusive policy’ can it be seen what happens to the statue, says the college of mayor and aldermen.
JP Coen, also known as Jan Pieterszoon Coen, is controversial for his responsibility for thousands of deaths and deportations in Indonesia in the seventeenth century when he worked for the VOC.
In 2011, there was already a fuss about a statue of him in Hoorn. A sign was then added to the statue with more information. Last year, street signs in the JP Coenstraat in Tilburg were also crossed out.