During the run up to New Year's Eve and a few days after, over 53,000 complaints were reported to a website devoted to logging fireworks nuisances in the Netherlands. The registration had a 10 percent increase in complaints over a year ago, suggesting that either people are more frequently annoyed by fireworks, or more people know about the website created by 30 local GroenLinks party factions.
The annual hotline for reporting fireworks problems opened on Christmas day. By 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, over 2,500 complaints were received.
The hotline is an initiative by 30 local GroenLinks factions, including those in Rotterdam, The Hague and Groningen. The hotline was first launched six years ago. GroenLinks uses complaints received to map areas where fireworks cause the most problems, and to support their call for banning consumer fireworks.
The Rotterdam police confiscated a jacket from a homeless person, because the jacket had the logo of a security company on it. A police officer posted a photo of the jacket on Twitter, leading to outraged reactions on the social media platform and from local politicians.
Early this week officers were escorting seven homeless people out of a car park where they were sleeping. One officer noticed the logo on the jacket. "Confiscated and returned to the security company", a police officer tweeted with a photo of the jacket.
326 protesting Feyenoord fans suffered an "unlawful infringement on their fundamental rights" when they were arrested on February 21st, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen and Rotterdam Ombudsman Anne Mieke Zwaneveld conclude in their report on the mass arrests titled No Winners
While the docking of the world's largest cruise ship Harmony of the Seas in Rotterdam on Tuesday led to much excitement among boat lovers, the ship's two giant diesel engines are raising some environmental concern. The massive cruise ship is equipped with two engines that are four stories high and burn a total of 250 thousand liters of diesel a day
A debate in Rotterdam on the arrest of French terrorist suspect Anis B. in the city devolved into a shouting match on Thursday. The debate had to be paused after a Leefbaar Rotterdam councilor Bart-Joost van Rij threatened to rip GroenLinks councilor Arno Bonte's head off
The fireworks complaint hotline Vuurwerkoverlast closed on Sunday with a total of 89.874 thousand complaints, nearly 18 thousand more than last year.
The hotline for fireworks complaints registered more than 15 thousand reports in 48 hours. By 11:00 a.m. on Monday morning 16,031 complaints were registered.
GroenLinks wants to give each high school student in Rotterdam a free bicycle. This is one of 25 measures the party has in its "Bicycle Strategy for Rotterdam", with which GroenLinks wants to make the city the bicycle capital of the Netherlands.
In Rotterdam, Café De Witte Aap has been told to close its doors for at least two weeks after a 33-year-old man from Capelle aan den IJssel was wounded in a stabbing last Wednesday, the NOS reports.
Setting off fireworks is allowed starting Tuesday morning at 10:00, but the Hotline Firework Nuisance has already received over 40,000 complaints. Initially the reports concerned loud bangs from illegal fireworks, but since this past weekend, when legal sales started, people complain about a "barrage of bangs", reports initiator Arno Bonte.
The hotline Firework Nuisance is online again. The site became inaccessible Thursday after a second cyber attack.
The hotline for reporting illegal fireworks was down several hours on Thursday as a result of a cyber-attack. Wednesday evening the site was down for several hours after a cyber attack, and Thursday it was attacked again.
The hotline, especially established to report nuisance due to fireworks, already received over 1,000 complaints on Sunday, announced Arno Bonte, chairman for GroenLinks in Rotterdam, and initiator of the hotline.