NL – The community of Amsterdam didn’t let 150,000 orange-coloured balloons fly up into the air to celebrate the coronation of Prince Willem-Alexander on April 30, 2013 as originally planned. In this way the Lord Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan, reacted to the complaints from numerous environmental and nature protection organisations that had written hundreds of protest mails to the municipal authorities. According to various Dutch media, van der Laan said that the aim was to organise a festival and not set off a controversial discussion, whereby he did note that the ecological viewpoints had been taken into consideration on ordering the balloons, among others biologically degradable materials had been ordered and attention had been paid that no cords were attached to the balloons, which birds could get entangled in. Van der Laan also indicated that cancelling the order had cost the community a lot of money.

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