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The 1970s and early 80s
After the wave of protests in 1966 and subsequent years, the Dutch became more interested in politics. The established parties and trade unions radicalized. New parties were formed. Action committees emerged in all fields conceivable: for the environment and human rights, for women's emancipation and for peace. All were dedicated to changing policy in specific areas. Some groups evolved into large, professional organizations, such as Amnesty International and the Vereniging Milieudefensie [environmental defence association].
The scope of propaganda broadened. Action committees commissioned their posters from professional artists and designers, who welcomed these assignments, as they sympathized with the causes. Old political symbols reappeared. Some designers deliberately restored styles and techniques often used by leftist groups before the war, such as composite photographs and constructivism.
The action committees peaked shortly after 1980. The peace movement convinced hundreds of thousands of people to join protests against new nuclear arms. In major cities, the squatters very nearly became more effective than the regular housing services. Major demonstrations about the situation in South Africa, against nuclear power, or against the government became weekly occurrences.
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