Femke Halsema

Mark Rutte
Mar 25 '19 07:44

"Unacceptable", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said about threats made against FvD leader  after the nationalist party's last week.

Silent march to honor 24 Oktoberplein Utrecht shooting
Mar 22 '19 21:00

The victims of a 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.

New Zealand flag projected onto Amsterdam Central Station after two attacks on Mosques in Christchurch, 15 March 2019
Mar 18 '19 08:38

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.

Police officers in Amsterdam on King's Day 2018
Mar 14 '19 16:40

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.

Empty classroom
Mar 12 '19 14:10

A group of Islamic organizations issued a joint call on the board of Cornelius Haga Lyceum to resign. The want the administrators to take responsibility for the controversy that arose around the Amsterdam secondary school last week, AD reports.

Empty classroom
Mar 8 '19 16:20

The Cornelius Haga Lyceum received threatening emails after the national coordinator of counterterrorism and security NCTV warned parliament and the Amsterdam mayor that , ANP reports.

High school classroom
Mar 8 '19 07:50

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, intelligence service AIVD and national coordinator for counterterrorism and security NCTV have major concerns about Islamic school Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam. In a letter to parliament and Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema, they wrote that there are indications that the board of the school has been in contact with a terrorist group for years, RTL Nieus reports.

An explosion outside the Smoke Palace on Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam Oost shattered apartment windows around the block, 3 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 16:40

A second in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday, seems to be aimed at Mustapha el Y., the brother of Smoke Palace owner Mohamed, Het Parool reports based on information from sources. Mustapha el Y. is on an underworld death list and his own company was targeted in the past, according to the newspaper.

Femke Halsema
Mar 1 '19 13:30

A new neighborhood in IJburg in Amsterdam is very nearly done, but Mayor Femke Halsema and the committee that advises the mayor on names for new streets and squares in the Dutch capital can still not settle on what to call the new neighborhood's streets, the Volkskrant reports.

Amsterdam aims to do justice to the diversity of the city in its street names. Mayor Halsema repeatedly rejected suggestions from the committee for naming public spaces CNOR, she said to the city council on Thursday. 

A beer bike in Amsterdam
Feb 20 '19 13:20

Amsterdam is extending its in the center of the city to also include the eastern part of the city center, mayor Femke Halsema wrote in a letter to the city council. There have been many beer bike related complaints from Amsterdam Oost, which have been confirmed by enforcement officers, Het Parool reports.

Drug dealer
Feb 12 '19 10:10

The Amsterdam municipality, police and prosecutor are expanding the city's Top 600 list - used to curb young criminals - to include drug criminals and perpetrators of excessive violence. The impact of drug trafficking on public life is increasing in Amsterdam neighborhoods, said Mayor Femke Halsema, NOS reports.

Enforcement officer in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
Feb 6 '19 13:30

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will soon be equipped with bodycams, mayor Femke Halsema agreed with the unions. The enforcement officers working in the city center will also receive extra support from the police, effective immediately, the municipality announced in a press release.

Flowers and messages left at a community center in Amsterdam's Oostelijke Eilanden where 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed on 26 January 2018
Jan 15 '19 10:00

The municipality of Amsterdam will place a memorial stone at the Wittenburg community center to commemorate . The 17-year-old boy was gunned down at the community center, where he worked as an intern, in January last year, AT5 reports.

Amsterdam flies the rainbow flag in protest against the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration
Jan 9 '19 09:29

LGBTQ interest group COC is organizing a "Celebration of Love" in Amsterdam on Wednesday in response to the Dutch translation of the so-called Nashville declaration, which was Mayor Femke Halsema will speak at the event, AT5 reports.

Amsterdam city center
Dec 13 '18 14:20

Mayor Femke Halsema invited a group of Amsterdam retailers to the city hall on Friday to discuss how they can reduce cash transactions. The Public Prosecutor and the Tax Authority will also take part in the meeting, the Telegraaf reports.

In her invitation, sent on Monday, Halsema points to the criminal use of cash. "Because cash leaves no traces, it is misused by non-honest consumers to launder illegally obtained funds", she wrote. She believes that fewer cash transactions could lead to a safer city.

Mark Rutte, January 2016
Nov 28 '18 12:40

The burka ban will apply to everyone, also the Netherlands' large cities, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in reaction to the news that the on face covering clothing. "Let us first implement the law. Then the big cities will see that it also applies to them", he said.

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 26 '18 10:00

Amsterday mayor Femke Halsema must enforce the ban on face-covering clothing, commonly referred to as the burka ban, in the Dutch capital, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense said on WNL on Sunday. "No one is above the law", Visser said. "Including the mayor of Amsterdam."

Fireworks debris
Nov 9 '18 07:36

Lighting fireworks everywhere in Amsterdam will be banned from 2019/2020 New Year's. , the Dutch capital will designate zones where individuals can light fireworks, the rest of Amsterdam will be fireworks-free, mayor Femke Halsema wrote in a letter to the city council on Thursday afternoon, Het Parool reports.

Crime scene tape
Nov 2 '18 12:30

The city of Amsterdam closed Surinamese eatery P&G on Bijlmerplein indefinitely after a sleft at the business on Thursday morning. Clothing store Organza further up the square was also closed because gunshots were fired at the building that same morning, Het Parool reports.

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Nov 2 '18 10:50

Amsterdam coalition parties GroenLinks, D66 and SP want to move prostitution out of the Red Light District by issuing new prostitution permits for areas outside the city center. They hope that this will relieve some pressure on the busy city center, and make sex workers' lives easier and safer. But not all sex workers are pleased with his idea. 

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Oct 24 '18 16:40

The public order and security department (OOV) of the municipality of Amsterdam doesn't have its own security in order. It is the only department in the municipality that scores a 1 on a scale from 1(very bad) to 5 (good) in an internal report, the Telegraaf reports based on documents received after appealing to the Open Government Act.

Wim Kok
Oct 22 '18 09:18

Former Prime Minister Wim Kok (PvdA), his family revealed on Saturday. Over the weekend King Willem-Alexander and various politicians responded to his death. Kok was a well respected man to whom the Netherlands owes a great deal of gratitude, was the general theme of their reactions.

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Oct 12 '18 13:10

Amsterdam has to participate in the . If the Dutch capital, with the largest coffeeshop market in the Netherlands, does not participate, the experiment will fail, mayor Femke Halsem said in a city council debate on the issue on Thursday, Het Parool reports.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Oct 10 '18 16:10

The famous I Amsterdam letters on the Museumplein have to go, according to a motion filed by the GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam. The slogan has become a symbol for mass tourism, the party finds. The motion seems to have support from the D66, PvdA and SP - a majority in the city council, Het Parool reports.

With the motion, GroenLinks asked the office of mayor and aldermen to remove the I Amsterdam letters from the whole city and to stop all city marketing activities under the slogan of I Amsterdam. 

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