SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Freedom of expression is the most valued right in a democracy, according to a new survey published to coincide with the annual Remembrance and Liberation celebrations on May 4 and 5.
Some 65% of those polled said freedom of expression topped the list, compared with 54% 10 years ago. In 2008, equal treatment and a ban on discrimination were the most pressing concern in the poll.
The Nationaal Vrijheidsonderzoek also found that nearly four out of five people said they would participate in the two minutes’ silence at eight o’clock on May 4, 7% down on last year.
Some nine out of 10 people questioned said that flying the flags at half-mast is an important or very important part of Remembrance Day while 86% think the rendition of the national anthem at the end of the ceremony is the most poignant part.
In addition, some 75% of those polled said the Liberation Day celebrations on May 5 are an important event – a percentage which has remained relatively unchanged for years. (DutchNews)