Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 09:16
Teens scream anti-gay slurs during moment of silence
Remembrance Day did not go smoothly in some places in the Netherlands. Bergen op Zoom, Zoetermeer and Hoofdorp had disturbances to deal with. And the Bourdon Bell on the Waalsdorpervlakte in The Hague broke. A group of teenagers disturbed Remembrance Day in Bergen op Zoom by shouting slogans about Palestine as they cycled past the memorial during the two minute silence. PVV member Maikel Boon told Omroep Brabant that he went after the teens to address them on their behavior and got death threats in return. A 40 year old man was arrested in the Wilhelminapark in Zoetermeer for trying to break through a barrier just before the Last Post started playing. According to Omroep West, it took three police officers to carry the man away. In Hoofdorp an onlooker filmed a number of teenagers laughing and shouting during the two minute silence. The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows the group of about 8 young people, cycling and shouting next to the monument. In The Hague, the Bourdon Bell on the Waalsdorpervlakte stopped ringing just before 21:00. The bell's pendulum broke and fell out. No one was injured when this happened. The Bourdon Bell traditionally keeps ringing until the last interested person has left the monument.