Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 11:51
MH17 National Memorial considered
Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice wants a national monument to remember the victims of the tragic MH17 plane crash. Of the 298 victims of that disaster, 193 were Dutch. Minister Opstelten said in a Parliamentary debate yesterday about the aftermath of the tragedy that there should be a national monument of the plane crash tragedy in East Ukraine. It is not clear where this monument will be built, what it will look like or when the planning will start, but it is clear that there is a desire in Dutch society for some lasting form of respect to be offered the fatalities of a disaster that should not have happened. Minister Opstelten has also asked lawyers not to impose themselves on surviving relatives of the victims. The government cannot formally do anything against lawyers who want to make a quick buck out of the tragedy, but Minister Opstelten promises that the government will do what they can.