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Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 di Mei (FOL)

Frente Obrero Liberashon 30 di Mei (Party Workers' Liberation Front of May 30th, FOL) is a political party in Curaçao.

The party was founded on 5 June 1969 by Wilson 'Papa' Godett, Stanley Brown and Amador Nita. The direct reason was the riots of May 30, 1969, in the Curaçao capital of Willemstad, where two deaths fell, 'Papa' Godett was struck by a police bullet and raised many buildings in flames. Because the police did not handle the situation, local government called on the help of Dutch marines to restore peace.

As a result of the riots, early elections took place on 5 September 1969, with the FOL receiving 25% of the votes on Curaçao, thereby making 3 seats in the states of the Netherlands Antilles (parliament). Godett and Brown stuck in jail for their share in the riot, could still be released before the trial, so that they could be sworn by Governor Cola Debrot as Statenlid. With the government formed, the DP received 3 ministers, the PPA 3 ministers and the FOL 1 minister (Amador Nita). The government led by Prime Minister Ernesto Petronia fell in 1971 and FOL did not participate in the next government.

At the 1973 elections, FOL held 3 seats in the States. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Juancho Evertsz, a new government came up with, amongst others, the MEP of Betico Croes, where the FOL got 3 ministers. Over time, tensions within the government increased ever when the MEP increasingly insisted on a "separate status" for Aruba, and at the end of 1975, PPA took over MEP's seat in government.

In 1977, the FOL / MAN combination achieved 3 seats in the States, but after two-year state elections two years ago, MAN received 7 seats while FOL disappeared from parliament. At the 1982 elections, the FOL failed to return to the States.

During the elections of 2012, the party participated in the elections, obtaining 1,790 votes (2.1%). This was not enough for a seat. The party participated in order to qualify for participating in the elections in 2016 and 2017, in which it needed to obtain 870 and 792 votes respectively (1% of the turnout in the previous elections). The party did not manage to do so in 2016 (with 622 votes), but in 2017 it did, in a joint list with Partido Aliansa Nobo (1,124 votes). It did not obtain a seat in the parliament in the 2017 elections.

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Leader Anthony GODETT
Founded 5 June 1969
Party Colour Orange
Ideology Populism
Seats in Estates of Curacao - 2017 0/21
Status Active
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