On Sunday night the police were forced to intervene in a demonstration by about 250 Turkish-Dutch in Amsterdam. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan put the demonstration to an early end around 10:45 p.m. due to disruptions of public order and traffic, the municipality announced. Riot police units were deployed and eventually chased the demonstrators home using water cannons, AD reports.
The Montessori Lyceum on Van Ostadestraat in Amsterdam set up a meorial place for 13-year-old student Ouahib Omri, who died this weekend after inhaling lighter fluid. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan is giving Ouahib's family financial support so that the boy can be buried in Morocco as the family wants.
The four largest cities in the Netherlands, united under G4, want the Dutch government to invest 35 billion euros into sustainability and infrastructure in the Randstad. The G4's plans span 15 years in which time some 1 million "green" homes will be built and accessibility to the city regions will be greatly improved, Het Parool reports.
The Mayors of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht met with Prime Minister Mark Rutte a few weeks ago to present their plan, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed to the newspaper.
An explosive found in Amsterdam's In The City Cafe on Kleine Gartmanplantsoen on Wednesday was a hand grenade, the police confirmed, according to NOS.
The cafe and surrounding area were evacuated following the discovery of the explosive and closed down for several hours while an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team disarmed it.
Cafe In The City in Amsterdam was closed down indefinitely by order of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening following the discovery of a small explosive, believed to be a hand grenade, earlier in the day, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan's announcement that was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer completely shocked what seems like the entire Netherlands, including commentators James Worthy, Theodor Holman and Janneke van der Horst. In columns written for their mayor in Het Parool, they have nothing but praise for Van der Laan.
The Union of Moroccan Mosques in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam imam association are calling on all mosques in the city to dedicate the Friday noon prayer to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who revealed on Friday that he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, AT5 reports.
The makers of app Omapost is introducing a new feature called Eberhardpost on Tuesday. With this feature users can send free get-well-soon cards to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who announced on Friday that he was diagnosed with cancer.
On Sunday Amsterdam remembered the Holocaust, the Nazi persecution of Jews in World War II, with a silent march from city hall to Wiertheimpark, where a commemoration was held. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan both spoke at the commemoration, ANP reports.
Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher together lay a wreath ath the monument mirror Never Again Auschwitz on behalf of the government.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, he announced in a letter to the city council on Friday. More tests will give more clarity on his prognosis, but "it seems that the diagnosis gives little reason for optimism", he said in the letter, Het Parool reports.
Soliciting and street prostitution is almost non-existent on Amsterdam streets, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a recent letter to the city council. But that doesn't necessarily mean that street prostitution died out in the city, only that its more hidden, a spokesperson for sex workers' organization Proud said to the Telegraaf.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has no good word to say about the Amsterdam fire department in a recent letter to the municipal council. According to him, discrimination is the order of the day in the fire department, recruitment is based on a white male culture and leaders do not intervene or show exemplary behavior. The general image of the letter is that the Amsterdam fire department is great at extinguishing fires, but the general culture is rotten, Het Parool reports.
After years and years of performing live for the newly Dutch at their naturalization ceremony in Amsterdam's town hall, tenor Henk Kreukniet is being replaced by a video recording, AT5 reports.
According to Kreukniet, performing at the naturalization ceremonies was a weekly highlight for him. "Amazing, every time it was as if it was the first time. No routine, no weariness, every week we did it with pleasure", he said to the local broadcaster.
The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.
The proposed measure was in response to a truck driving into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian.
The beer bike can stay in Amsterdam city center for the time being. The court in the city ruled that the municipality needs to find better support for the area ban they planned to implement on January 1st, ANP reports.
The Amsterdam mayor and aldermen want to hire more undercover officers to police the Red Light District, mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote to the city council. The council previously agreed that no more than 25 external undercover officers will be hired, but the mayor believes that more is necessary, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam college of mayor and aldermen wants to change the General Local Regulation in Amsterdam to make sexual harassment on the street punishable in the city. The college sent a proposal to the council with a set of measures to "make clear that Amsterdam does not tolerate (sexual) harassment on the street", Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam is reducing the number street and square events during future Gay Prides in an effort to keep the crowds in the city under control, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a letter to the city council on Friday, NU.nl reports
The city wants to spread visitors more during the week long event. For that reason, the traditional fair on Dam square will soon be a thing of the past. The organizer's permit runs out in 2019 and wil not be extended. Events will also be moved to venues outside of the city such as in Wstpoort and Tuinen van West.
The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam demanded a 250 euro fine against Pegida frontman Edwin Wagensveld in court on Thursday for showing a swastika during an demonstration in Amsterdam. The display of the swastika went against the Mayor's rules for the demonstration, ANP reports.
The incident happened during a Pegida demonstration in Amsterdam on February 27th. To prevent disorder and based on the Law on Public Events, Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan set a number of rules for the demonstration. One of them was a ban on swastikas.
Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.
The Wester Mosque in Amsterdam-West wants to amplify its call to prayer by making it from its minaret, despite previous agreements not to do so, Het Parool reports.
The wish of the mosque to make its call to prayer from the 42 meter high minaret came to light in the summer, to the dismay of the homeowners association of the adjascent residential complex. It was brought up again when Mayor Eberhard van der Laan visited the mosque last week. The Amsterdam VVD now wants to know what's going on.
Kirstallnacht was quietly commemorated in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. Despite disagreements between various organizations who wanted to organize the memorial, there were no incidents, NOS reports.
During the night of November 9th to 10th, 1983 Nazis in Germany burned down 1,400 synagogues and 7,500 Jewish stores. Hundreds of Jews were murdered. Kristallnacht was the first major assault against Jews in Germany since the Nazis took power in 1933. It marks the change from discrimination against Jews to systematic persecution that eventually ended in the Holocaust.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan decided to stop the policy of closing coffeeshops immediately after a shooting at the business. But only if the coffeeshop owner agrees to take measures to prevent such incidents and to cooperate fully with the police should it be necessary, the municipality of Amsterdam announced in a press statement.