Mosques in the Netherlands are taking extra security measures during Ramadan, which started on Monday. While the Islamic organizations say that they have no indications of an attack or anything else being planned against them, they still worry about incidents, NU.nl reports.
An 18-year-old suspect will appear in the court in Den Bosch on Friday for threatening Frank van der Meijden, mayor of the Noord-Brabant municipality of Laarbeek, with death late last year, NU.nl reports.
The mayor's home in Beek en Donk is under extra security. Whether this was implemented after the threat, is not yet clear. The threat was made on December 21st last year.
In an interview with Eindhovens Dagblad, the mayor previously said that he regularly faces threats and intimidation. He is known for his strict policy in dealing with illegal practices.
Amsterdam fire department commander Leen Schaap received death threats from members of his own corps. He reported at least two threats to the police in February and March this year. The Public Prosecutor is investigating the death threats, a spokesperson confirmed to newspaper AD.
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is under extra security due to a death threat he received after a city council debate on Thursday, June 15th, he said on NOS World Cup program Studio Russia on Sunday.
The police fired warning shots while arresting a 36-year-old man in Dordrecht on Sunday evening. He is suspected of falsely reporting a threat to the Turkish embassy in The Hague. No one was injured, AD reports.
Around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday the man called the embassy and said that two people are planning an attack at the embassy, the police said, according to the newspaper. The police decided not to take any risks, and deployed extra security to the embassy while investigators tracked down the person who made the call.
Extra security measures will be implemented in the Amsterdam neighborhood where a 17-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a community center on Friday. Interim mayor Jozias van Aartsen, the police and Public Prosecutor agreed to place a mobile police station in the neighborhood, have more police officers on the street, and install surveillance cameras at a number of strategic locations.
THe Blauwe Mosque in Amsterdam will have extra security during the noon prayer on Friday. The extra security is organized by the Security Pact against Discrimination, a group made up of Muslims, Jews, Christians and other organizations, Het Parool reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.
The proposed measure was in response to a truck driving into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian.
An terrorism investigation is underway at Rotterdam The Hague airport in Rotterdam. The roads around the airport was closed around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and extra checks are being carried out, according to broadcaster NOS.
It is unclear what exactly is going on. But according to the broadcaster, there is a major investigation underway at the airport.
About half of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam city center hired in extra security in response to several shootings targeted at coffeeshops and recently a restaurant in the city. The coffeeshop owners also teamed up to offer a reward of 25 thousand euros for information that will bring the shootings to an end, NOS reports.
The extra security measures in place in and around Schiphol airport will be reduced in part during the course of Thursday night, the Haarlemmermeer triangle of municipality, police and judiciary decided after consultation with the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security
Security is being strengthened at Schiphol airport with extra Koninklijke Marechaussee officers, but the security levels will only reached desired strength in mid 2017, a spokesperson for the Marechaussee - a policing force that works as a branch of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - said to the Financieele Dagblad. Until that time, soldiers will help out.
Opposition parties D66, CDA, SP and PVV are calling for a solid security plan at Schiphol Airport. According to them, the government's current "patchwork" plan against terrorist attacks is unacceptable
Extra security measures at Schiphol Airport will remain in place for a while longer. That means that so will the long lines and long waiting times. Currently passengers show understanding for the extra security, but that will not be the case for very long, security expert Marco Zannoni said to RTL Nieuws.
On Monday the city of Tilburg is celebrating Roze Maandag. Given international events, such as an attack in a gay bar in Orlando last month that left 49 people dead, the Tilburg municipality implemented a number of extra security measures. Most notable to attendees is that no backpacks will be allowed in the Amstel Beer Hall in the town hall.
The police in Amsterdam and Rotterdam are on high alert following a failed coup attempt in Turkey on Friday night. The mayors of the two large Dutch cities hope to prevent tensions in Turkey spilling over into their communities.
Following the attack in Nice, France on Thursday, the Dutch police are reassessing security around events in the Netherlands to see whether additional measures are necessary, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said to broadcaster NOS.
Amsterdam's mayor, prosecutor and police decided to give dance festival Sensation, happening in the Amsterdam Arena this Saturday, extra security after getting a "signal" that relates to the event. "The goal is to have the event happen as festively and safely as possible", the Amsterdam municipality writes in a statement on Monday.
Bus drivers in Breda went on strike for a short time on Thursday morning after a colleague was robbed on Wednesday night. The bus drivers demanded that transporter Arriva takes measures to prevent such incident. Arriva agreed to hire additional security staff immediately and start a test with cashless payments as soon as possible
The Dutch government and a number of retailers are concerned about asylum debates turning into riots, threats and violence. Retailers in Enschede sent a letter to the mayor expressing their concern about an anti-asylum center protest scheduled in the town on Saturday. Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs made extra money available for local governments to use for extra security.
A number of mosques in Amsterdam implemented extra security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris. The feelings of insecurity that emerged after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January, are even worse following the attacks in the French capital on November 13th
The United States want Dutch traveling to the country to go through sharp security checks before they board the plane in the Netherlands. The Americans are currently discussing this measure with the Netherlands and five other countries.
The information meeting in Wormerland on sheltering asylum seekers will still happen on Tuesday night, despite GroenLinks chairman Harold Halweijn's cars being set on fire on Monday. The municipality and the police will organize extra security for the evening.
The police have decided to increase security at Turkish mosques in the Rotterdam region due to the increasing tension between Turks and Kurds.