Rapper Akwasi deleted his Twitter account. This happened a day after he had received tweets from 2011 and 2012. Akwasi then tweeted, among other things: “Black Pete must be dead man. Seriously. #”Assassination for hire” and “What do I provoke if I kill a Black Pete?”
Yesterday, the management of Akwasi suggested to the AD that Akwasi had not posted the tweets itself: “We regret that the media are once again spreading lies. Akwasi is not responsible for these tweets, nor does it feel called upon to justify itself”
Today Akwasi did respond to his own Twitter account, before deleting his account: “I distance myself from the tweets from the last two decades that have surfaced online. I don’t recognize myself in what I saw. In fact, I don’t even remember them. Do you remember little texts from over two decades ago? I don’t either.”
The management of Akwasi was not immediately available to the CCeit for a response today.
Demonstration on the Dam
In June, Akwasi was also discredited by statements he made during an anti-racism demonstration on Dam Square in Amsterdam. There he said among other things: “The moment I see a Black Pete in November, I personally kick him in the face”
Later, Akwasi responded by saying that those words were not a call to violence, but a call to resistance. According to him, the statements had to be interpreted symbolically. The stairs he was talking about, for example, would be a reference to action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet, Akwasi said in Beau van Erven Dorens’ talk show.
Akwasi was then reported. The Public Prosecution started an investigation into whether the statements he made were punishable. That investigation has not yet been completed.