Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ruffled feathers when he suggested that Muslims who "do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.” London mayor Boris Johnson was not amongst those offended.
Dutch news broadcasts attracted more views on Wednesday than on a typical weekday. All broadcasts were dominated by stories of shootings at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Demonstrations are being organized in several Dutch cities on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. in support of the victims and survivors of the attack on in Paris on Wednesday. Twelve people were killed in a raid at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, and many others were injured.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb appeared on television programme Nieuwsuur Wednesday night, and lashed out at Muslims living in this society despite their hatred of it. “It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,” he said. “But if you do not like freedom, in Heaven’s name pack your bag and leave.”
Ahmed Aboutaleb will be mayor of Rotterdam for another six years. The first Moroccan-Dutch mayor of the Netherlands has been given a second term by Royal Decree.
Rotterdam's Mayor Aboutaleb is asking Dutch people planning to travel abroad to fight for IS to remember that if they choose IS and jihad, then they leave behind The Netherlands. Aboutaleb says if they choose their side consciously, then they should hand in their passports with him. "If you reject the Dutch constitution by wanting to fight with IS, then you also reject the Dutch passport", he tells the NOS.
Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb spoke with representatives of the Jewish community in his city on Monday, to touch base with them, and to speak about the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza strip.
All around the Netherlands calls go out for a recount of the votes. In several cities victories are gained, or losses are suffered by a difference of just one vote.
Large crowds of people flocked to Rotterdam Centraal this afternoon to witness King Willem Alexander officiate the opening of the new train station.
The four major cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and The Hague, want to limit the time in which fireworks may be sold and set off. They addressed the issue with Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice in a joint letter, according to De Telegraaf.
Rotterdam Mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, urges Feyenoord fans who managed to buy tickets online for the game in the ArenA, Wednesday, to stay home.
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A majority of the Rotterdam City Council has called upon mayor Aboutaleb Thursday to allow another dance parade next year. The mayor is against a parade with trucks and DJ's, but sees opportunities for new dance initiatives
The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb is in for a second term as mayor for the port city. He says this in a documentary that RTV Rijnmond reporter Justus Cooiman made about him. Aboutaleb is now almost five years mayor. Next year the council decides whether he may remain in this position.