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The owner of a photo press agency in Gelderland says he has been threatened several times because of the photo of a swastika flag last weekend at the A1 in Stroe. Yesterday, rumors arose on social media that a press photographer from the agency would have hung the flag himself.
The allegations were made on Twitter and video website dumper. “Extremely curious that a press photographer was present in the middle of the night with a just lit roadside/hay fire and a hung Nazi flag,” someone wrote on Twitter.
Through the data in the photo file and P2000 reports, people found out that the photo had been taken before the emergency services were informed.
Roland Heitink of Persbureau Heitink says that his photographer had wrong settings on his device. “The time settings were not set correctly on the camera he had with him. This caused a stir, because we would be there before the message went out,” he says. in a statement which is quoted by Broadcasting Gelderland.
A roadside fire raged next to the flag. In recent weeks roadside fires have been part of farmers’ protests more often, but Heitink says he has not suggested that the flag came from farmers. “There has also been a fuss that we said that the farmers had something to do with it, but the email to the media also states that it is not certain whether this has to do with a protest.”
According to Heitink, there is a simple explanation why the photographer was so quick to the fire and the flag. “He had already started driving after a report of a fire a little further on until he received this report. Once there, he made and sent the image.”
Heitink says he will report the threats. He says he has received “many threats and death wishes” against him and his family. “The amount of people trying to find out my address is countless.”
Police have now announced that they are launching an investigation into the incident. “Hanging a flag with a swastika is punishable. We take this issue very seriously,” the police said in a press statement.
The investigation will use, among other things, camera images to find out who the flag belongs to and who hung it. “The investigation is in full swing. We keep all scenarios open.”