Over 4,000 Sign Up to Throw Eggs at Jeff Bezos' Superyacht in Netherlands

Thousands of people are planning to protest Jeff Bezos' superyacht in the wake of the news that the Dutch bridge De Hef, officially known as Koningshaven Bridge, will be dismantled to accommodate it.

More than 4,000 people are planning to throw rotten eggs at the nearly $500 million yacht that will set sail through De Hef in June. The campaign comes after news broke that the historic bridge will be temporarily dismantled to accommodate the yacht, something that many Rotterdammers took issue with, saying the decision revealed double standards.

Despite no longer being in commission, De Hef holds an important place in the hearts of many Rotterdammers. Newsweek previously reported that it is considered a historical landmark, with some citizens questioning whether or not dismantling the bridge could be considered tampering with the city's history.

"Calling all Rotterdammers," wrote event organizer Pablo Strörmann on Facebook, "take a box of rotten eggs with you, and let's throw them en masse at Jeff's superyacht when it sails through the Hef in Rotterdam."

When speaking to the NL Times website, Strörmann explained that the origin of the campaign was a joke between friends that ended up "getting way out of hand." He suggested that double standards were apparent within the decision due to Bezos' status as one of the richest men alive.

"Normally, it's the other way around," Strörmann explained to the site. "If your ship doesn't fit under a bridge, you make it smaller. But when you happen to be the richest person on Earth, you just ask a municipality to dismantle a monument. That's ridiculous."

"Jobs are important, but there are limits with what you can and should do with our industrial heritage," Ton Wesselink of the Historisch Genootschap Roterodamum, the city's historical society, said to Newsweek.

In order for the dismantlement to occur, the city needs to decide whether or not to issue a permit. According to Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the city hadn't received a permit application as of February 4, NL Times indicated in an earlier report.

"The economical, especially the maritime image of our region, and the technical: is it possible without damage?" Aboutaleb was quoted by NL Times. "And we want to know whether the buyer will indeed reimburse the costs."

As for the upcoming egg-throwing protest, Strörmann doesn't intend to back down, even if the permit is not granted.

"Rotterdammers are proud of their city," he explained to NL Times. "I am pretty sure Jeff Bezos has heard about our event; that was the goal. And of course to trigger a public debate."

If the permit is issued, Bezos is expected to pay the costs needed to dismantle the bridge. However, he has not commented on the planned protest.

Update 02/10/2022 at 1:10 p.m. EST: This story has been updated with additional background information regarding the bridge.

Stock image of the Koningshavenbrug in theNetherlands
Dutch citizens are planning to protest the dismantling of a bridge to accommodate Jeff Bezos' yacht. Above, a stock image of De Hef, officially known as Koningshaven Bridge, in the Netherlands. DenBoma/Getty