Two Hague police officers are in the high security court at Schiphol on Monday for a pro-forma hearing in the case around the death of Aruban man Mitch Henriquez shortly after his arrest in 2015. They are facing charges of aggravated assault resulting in death, but may eventually be convicted of culpable homicide, AD reports.
The Hague city council picked Pauline Krikke to be the city's new mayor, the council announced on Monday after hours of private deliberations. Krikke is taking over from Jozias van Aartsen, who is stepping down on March 1st, and will be The Hague's first female mayor.
Krikke was mayor of Arnhem between 2001 and 2013 and an alderman in Amsterdam between 1996 and 2001, Het Parool reports. She was also the director of the Scheepvaartmuseum and most recently a Senator for the VVD in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch senate.
The International Criminal Court (ICJ) in The Hague supports American lawyer Chaka Laguerre wish for an independent investigation into her arrest in The Hague last month. According to the lawyer, her arrest was racially motivated and excessively violent. In a statement released by the ICJ last week, and posted on Facebook on Monday, the court says that it "continues to follow this matter closely and would like the facts of the incident to be fully clarified."
The four large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague teamed up with eight collaboration groups and are making concrete plans to decrease the truancy rate, the Ministry of Education announced on Sunday, according to ANP.
Last year 4,200 kids in the Netherlands were considered truants - they were at home for more than three months rather than at school. A significant percentage of these kids come from one of the four big cities.
Thousands of people gathered on the Malieveld in The Hague on Wednesday afternoon for a Holland against Hate demonstration against American president Donald Trump. The initiators want the protest to show that the Netherlands is against Trump's "xenophobic policy" of closing the United States borders to people from seven Muslim countries. They also hope to convince the Dutch government to send the same signal.
Four large mosques in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht will be locking their doors during all prayer sessions for the time being. The mosques are deeply concerned about the safety of their visitors following a bloody attack on a mosque in the Canadian city of Quebec on Sunday night, the Telegraaf reports.
American lawyer Chaka Laguerre of the International Court of Justice in The Hague removed a Facebook post in which she accused the Hague police of racially motivated police brutality. This follows newspaper AD and other journalists watching CCTV footage of the arrest and reporting that there was no sign of violence used by the police.
An American lawyer working at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague says she was the victim of racially motivated police brutality when she was arrested for jaywalking in the city earlier this week.
As far as murders go, Drenthe and Zeeland are the safest provinces in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. Over the past 25 years, the fewest murders were committed in those provinces. Zuid-Holland had the most murders in that period, NU.nl reports based on the Elsevier list.
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, united under G4, want to take back control over the integration process. The four large Dutch cities believe that customization is needed for integration to go smoothly, and that is impossible while the process is in the control of the national government, ANP reports.
A comedy film turned into a horror movie for a 20-year-old woman on Saturday night. While watching comedy Why Him in the Pathe Spuimarkt in The Hague, the 23-year-old Amsterdam man sitting next to her suddenly freaked out and stabbed her in the arm with a screwdriver. This was shortly after he stepped out to smoke a joint, various visitors in the cinema said to newspaper AD.
According to the newspaper, the man came back into the cinema still carrying what was left of his fragrant joint. Other visitors asked him to put it away, and he did.
On Saturday hundreds of thousands of mostly women, but also some men and children, gathered around the world to protest against intolerance and inequality after the inauguration of new United States president Donald Trump. In the Netherlands an estimated 3 thousand people gathered on the Museumplein. And in the Hague hundreds of people took part in a protest march.
Both Dutch Women's Marches happened without major incident, NU.nl reports.
In December home prices in the Netherlands were 6.7 percent higher than in December 2015, the biggest increase since May 2002, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry announced on Friday.
Throughout 2016 the prices of homes increased about 5 percent, continuing the upward trend of the past years. Compared to the low point in the housing market in June 2013, house prices in the Netherlands increased nearly 14 percent. The average price for an existing home is now back at the level of November 2005, but still 11 percent below the peak level of August 2008.
The police arrested seven men in December for extorting people with sex ads on WhatsApp, the police announced on Tuesday. THe suspects posted sex ads, to which their victims responded on the messaging app. But instead of making an appointment with a sex worker, the victims were informed that their families will be told about their activities if they did not pay an amount of money.
Police officer Mario from Boskoop, who was hit by a car on the Kaaseplein in The Hague over New Year's, passed away on Monday night, the Hague police announced on Facebook. The 36-year-old cop sustained severe brain injuries in the accident and was in a coma since it happened.
A mentally disturbed man caused havoc on the Dutch government complex the Binnenhof in The Hague on Thursday afternoon. He threw a bag at the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, from the square in front of it. The square was evacuated, surrounding streets were closed down for several hours and warning shots were fired before the man was finally arrested, the Telegraaf reports.
The police reminds winners of the Postcode Lottery in the Hague neighborhood Bohemen to lock their doors and windows if they are going to the neighborhood party on Friday. Burglars may take advantage of the fact that no one is home.
"Prevent the burglar from also getting prizes", a neighborhood police officer wrote on Twitter.
The sister-in-law of Hague police officer Mario, who is still in critical condition after being hit by a car during New Year's, criticized mayor Jozias van Aartsen for calling it a "reasonable" celebration. "How can you speak of a reasonable New Year's while someone is fighting for his life?" she wrote on Facebook, according to Den Haag FM.
Immigration and an increase in the number of babies born in 2016 pushed the Dutch population over the 17.1 million mark. The four big cities in the Netherlands saw most of the growth, while about 1 in 5 municipalities actually saw their populations shrink, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.
Amsterdam saw the biggest growth in 2016 with an increase of over 15 thousand residents to a total of almost 850 thousand inhabitants on December 1st, 2016. Rotterdam's population grew with 8 thousand and The Hague and Utrecht with 4 thousand each.
The New Year's eve Postcode Lottery of 49.9 million euros landed on an apartment building in The Hague. That means that residents of the building with the postcode 2555VX started 2017 as millionaires, NOS reports.
The building is located on Donker Curtiusstraat in the Hague neighborhood of Loosduinen. Residents will share 24,95 million euros, half of the price money. The other half will be divided among other participants in the postcode area.
With outside temperatures of -4 degrees and seawater temperatures of around 7 degrees, some 50 thousand Dutch people took the traditional New Year's plunge at 142 locations in the Netherlands around noon on Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The plunge at Scheveningen, The Hague was most popular with over 10 thousand people diving into freezing cold water.A spokesperson for the organizers called the plunge "nice and crisp",.
Despite the low temperatures, no one became hypothermic or was injured in any other way.
Dutch authorities are increasingly concerned about dangerous fireworks used to usher in the New Year.
"Experience show that more and more often extremely dangerous fireworks are lit", Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a press statement, according to the Volkskrant.
He calls on all involved to not wait until autumn to start the fireworks discussion in politics and society. "The damage and injuries caused by these dangerous fireworks are no longer proportional to the entertainment they provide", the Hague mayor said.
The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".