Louis de Mast was in the International Theater Amsterdam, the former Stadsschouwburg, on Leidseplein when the hostage-taking started, a few meters from the person in question. He was waiting with friends for a lecture. “We were sitting at the front of the theater. All of a sudden a waiter came up to us and said, ‘Now pack up and get back real quick! Shots have been fired and we need to get ourselves to safety.'”
‘Everyone had to stay low’
Staying low while moving everyone, De Mast says. “All entrances and doors were immediately barricaded. We then sat in the building for hours. At first we did not know what was going on, but soon the first images and messages came in via telephones. inside the other side.”
After some time, according to De Mast, a strange situation arose, when the lecture he had come for, according to De Mast, was a strange situation. “We thought: okay, this is certainly safe. But after ten minutes someone came on the stage and said that the building was being evicted, on the last of the police.” The group was then escorted to behind the barrier tapes.
“It really took a toll,” concludes De Mast, who is now recovering from the shock in a nearby cafe. “Fortunately, nothing is wrong.”