A video in which two young Dutch men threw baby formula powder at what appeared to be Chinese pedestrians in Amsterdam streets has aroused public outrage and criticisms on Monday.
In the video, two men, carrying two cans of baby formula, asked the pedestrians with Asian appearances if they want the baby formula. After being refused, they threw the powder at the unsuspecting pedestrians and quickly fled away.
The two attackers, Romme Terbeek and Kenzo Hante, offered their apologies on the Dutch TV SBS6 on Monday and posted an apology video on Facebook a day after the attack video went viral online. The two denied that their attacks were aimed at Chinese people.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the website (koffiepauze.com) where the attack video was first published is an ads-oriented video website that is flooded with sensational user generated content. An advertisement was also embedded with the attack video.
Dutch baby formula has been very popular in China after a poisonous baby formula scandal broke out in China in 2008. Some shops in the Netherlands imposed shopping restrictions on baby formula due to the massive purchases by Chinese consumers. But no evidence shows the victims in the street attacks have links with baby formula sales.