Nearly ten thousand people rallied in Amsterdam on Saturday calling for an end to racism and divisiveness in Dutch politics. The event began on Dam Square and then progressed to the monument on Daniël Meijerplein, but counter-protestors along the way were arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace.
The victims of a mass shooting in Utrecht on Monday were commemorated with a silent march in the city on Friday. The 16 thousand attendees included Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema, Den Haag mayor Pauline Krikken, and Rotterdam's Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga.
A body found in the Keizergracht on Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam on Thursday was identified as Mustapha Agalf from the city. The 34-year-old man went missing at the start of this month.
Agalf was last seen leaving a pub on Utrechtsestraat during the early hours of Friday, March 1st. He seems to have drowned, according to Het Parool. His family was informed on Thursday, the police said.
The controversial British Sharia preacher Haitham Al Haddad gave "covert" lessons at the Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam, newspaper NRC reported on Friday based on a confidential official message that intelligence service AIVD sent to mayor Femke Halsema of Amsterdam in January.
The message also says that other radical Islamic people were also involved in the school and that the school management funded a Chechen terrorist movement, according to the newspaper.
A 41-year-old man was arrested for strangling a female conductor on the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem on Thursday. He attacked the conductor after he pulled down his own pants and fondled his genitals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The man was traveling without a ticket. When the conductor noticed and addressed him on it, he pulled up his shirt, pulled down his pants and started fondling his genitals. The conductor stepped away to call for assistance, but the man grabbed her from behind and started to strangle her.
A body was found Thursday morning in the waters of the popular Grachtengordel area of Amsterdam. Police were dispatched to the Keizersgracht just after 10:40 a.m., and found the body in the canal near the Utrechtsestraat.
A witness walking in the area made the grizzly discovery and called authorities. Several first responders were sent to the scene, including a trauma helicopter.
Delta flight DL178 from Portland to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Iceland on Monday due to a medical emergency on board, Delta confirmed to NL Times.
The plane departed from Portland, on the west coast of the United States, to the Netherlands at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dutch time. Nine hours and 45 minutes later, the Boeing 767-300ER made an emergency landing at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, according to Up In The Sky.
Amsterdam subway station Ganzenhoef was badly damaged in an ATM bombing on Thursday morning. The blast shattered the windows at the entrance of the station and loosened many ceiling plates. The target of the bombing was the ATM at the entrance of the subway station in Zuidoost, NOS report.
The station is currently closed. The police and explosive experts are investigating whether any explosives were left behind.
Amsterdam will ban guided group tours along the window brothels in the Red Light District, the city announced in a press statement. The municipality is currently working out how to legally implement the ban.
While most polling stations for the Provincial States elections opened smoothly and on time on Wednesday morning, there were a few problems. One polling station in Alkmaar is closed due to a fire on Wednesday morning. A number of polling stations in Amsterdam opened over an hour late. And residents of a Rotterdam neighborhood didn't get their voting passes.
Eleven men, including the former deputy head prosecutor of the National Office and fraud specialist Vincent L., are being prosecuted for paying to commit sexual acts with an underage boy, NU.nl reports
The suspects are all from Amsterdam and Amstelveen and between 38 and 58 years old. The police tracked down the suspects after the boy's parents filed a police report in January 2017. The parents found suspicious messages on the boy's phone. He was around 16 years old at the time.
A performance by rapper Drake in Amsterdam on April 23rd has been canceled, according to the Ziggo Dome website. According to an email ticket holders received, the performance was canceled due to "changes in the tour schedule", AD reports.
The two other shows Drake has scheduled for Amsterdam on April 25th and 26th, have been moved to April 15th and 16th, according to Ziggo site. The reason for these changes is unclear.
Drake is visiting the Netherlands as part of his The Assassination Vacation Tour.
Several hundred people gathered on Dam Square in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon for a peace event in commemoration of the victims of attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. The event was organized by 13 organizations who want to "send a powerful signal for peace and against terror", NU.nl reports.
On Friday a right-wing extremist man opened fire on two mosques in the New Zealand city. 50 people were killed and dozens were injured.
UEFA announced the draw for the Champions League quarter finals on Friday. Ajax will be facing off against Juventus. On Twitter a number of Ajax footballers seem a bit daunted by the prospect of a match against the Italian team, but also excited for the challenge.
😍 The quarter-final draw 😍
Two suspects were arrested in Amsterdam this week in connection with the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. The attacks killed 130 victims and injured 413 more. Seven suspects died in the incidents.
Police detained a two men, aged 29 and 31, in Amsterdam on Tuesday. A Rotterdam court ordered the younger man to remain in confinement for the next two weeks, according to the Public Prosecutor's office (OM). He is in solitary confinement to prevent any attempts to corrupt an ongoing investigation.
A director of the Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam told the Education Inspectorate last week that he "can not control his people", Minister Arie Slob of Primary and Secondary Education revealed during a parliamentary debate on the Islamic secondary school, Het Parool reports.
National railway NS fears that an early morning strike by its employees on Monday will cause “major hindrance” to train traffic all day. The timetable will be disrupted all day long if no trains run before 7:06 a.m., according to the rail company.
Thousands of school pupils gathered in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon to protest for a better climate policy. They marched from Dam Square to the Museumplein, carrying signs with texts like ‘Make the earth cool again’. According to the police, around 6 thousand people were present, NOS reports.
The turnout was lower than for the first march in The Hague in February, when around 10 thousand pupils participated.
Monday will be a chaotic day for people who commute to work by public transport. NS announced that it will join an early morning strike held by city- and regional public transit companies, AD reports.
The public transit companies are protesting for freezing the retirement age at 66. For that reason they will strike from 6:00 a.m. for 66 minutes, trade union CNV Vakmensen said. The strike will likely also cause delays after its end.
A strange site crossed the sky of Amsterdam Centrum on Thursday afternoon, when a KLM passenger jet escorted by four F-16 fighter jets flew past Central Station at just 1,500 feet (457 meters). Though the fly-by was a scheduled event, it was kept as a closely-held secret, frightening many people who took to social media concerned about what they had seen.
Amsterdam is getting 172 extra police officers. This capacity was freed up because the detention center in Amsterdam is being moved from three locations to the Judicial Complex at Schiphol, where responsibility for the detainees will be taken over by the custodial institutions service DJI, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced, the Telegraaf reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is working on implementing a rental ban on new owner-occupied homes, in an attempt to prevent new homes from being bought up by investors and then rented out for hefty sums, the municipality said in a press statement. The ban will not only apply to the first buyer, but also to the people who later buy the home.
The Amsterdam court of appeal decided not to end the pre-trail custody of a suspect for a remarkable reason. The upcoming Brexit was one of the main reasons the court court said it considered in denying the suspect's request to be released from pre-trial detention, according to a ruling published on Monday.
Giant boobs floating on Amsterdam's canals on International Women's Day last week were a major hit among most who saw them. NL Times spoke to the creators of the floating sculptures about their inspiration for the project and the challenges they faced in creating it. The main goal was to normalize boobs, 72&Sunny said. "Actually, through the process of creating these we normalized them a little to ourselves.