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Public trial

Staphorst had made international news in the 1950s. It established the whole image of The Netherlands in these times.

A local woman was caught, having commited adultery with a man who lived in Meppel, the nearest city. One night she was lifted from her bed, tied up and put on a cart. He was brought in from a cafe in Meppel. Tied up on this cart, the angry young people drove the couple through the mainstreet of Staphorst as a kind of public trial -'volksgericht' in Dutch. I guess you should have been there.

Anyway, it made international press and The Netherlands caught the image of a poor, god fearing, backward nation. Is it better than to be known as the country of coffeshops and Red Light Districts?

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