The police and activists clashed during a protest against gas extraction in Farmsum, Groningen on Tuesday. The activists are blocking access to a NAM site in the town. Police kept them away from the fence with batons and pepper spray, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police broke up a student protest at the University of Amsterdam on Friday night. According to the students, the police used batons, pepper spray and police dogs on them and several students sustained injuries. GroenLinks parliamentarian Zihni Ozdil wants an explanation from Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested two men from Breda in Etten-Leur after a short car chase during the early hours of Tuesday morning. In their car officers found a sword and two batons, the police said in a statement.
Officers signaled the two men to stop around 1:30 a.m. They ignored this and sped away. The police gave chase. On Moerdijkse Postbaan the car flew off the road and came to a halt. Neither of the men were injured.
Police in the Netherlands used force over 10 thousand times last year, about the same number as in the previous few years, according to figures the police released on Monday
A mistake in the new police uniforms, introduced in 2014, means that officers can stumble over their own batons. A court recently ruled that the police have to pay one officer's medical bills after she was injured in this way
The NS staff will not be armed armed with pepper spray and batons. Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice announced this decision in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday, NRC reports.
According to State Secretary Wilma Mansveld, arming NS security guards with pepper spray and batons is a "difficult step". Union FNV Spoor has been advocating arming NS security guards as a result of the recent series of violent attacks against conductors.
Another NS conductor was attacked on Saturday morning in the train from Utrecht to Amsterdam at Abcoude station. The Ministry of Security and Justice is considering arming NS guards with pepper spray and batons.