Amsterdam enforcers to strike on King's Day

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017. (Photo: Lukassek/DepositPhotos)

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will strike for three hours on King's Day, unless the municipality meets their demands for more equipment with which to defend themselves before then. The strike will take place between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Dutch enforcement officers' union NBB said during a protest on Dam Square, the Telegraaf reports.

The union wants enforcement officers to be equipped with batons, pepper spray and bodycams. If the Amsterdam municipality does not agree to these demands before King's Day, the enforcement officers in the city will strike during some of the largest King's Day parties in the capital. 

Mayor Femke Halsema previously agreed to equip enforcement officers with bodycams, but like the police, she is against arming enforcers. 

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