The “Dijkers”

At the social different Nieuwendijk youngsters also gave a cultural twist to the Beatnik stereotype, and were called “Dijkers”. They loved rock ‘n’roll, and their mopeds were mainly souped up Zundapps, Kreidlers and DKWs. Their trademarks were their greased ducktails and pointed shoes.

These youngsters did not shun mind-altering drugs like weed and acid. One of the reasons for them being on the Nieuwendijk was that it was close to the red light area where acid was available at that time.

Something they both agreed upon was their aversion of authority. Halfway through the 60ies these two beatnik offspring groups joined and formed a rebellion against the establishment. (Provo’s)

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