The 21 thousand cops who have to work this New Year's will be equipped with earplugs to protect their hearing against firecrackers and other fireworks. As the government is refusing to respond to the plea of the police, dozens of other civil society organizations, doctors and many municipalities to ban firecrackers over New Year's, the National Police will take other measures, chief Erik Akerboom said, NU.nl reports.
The annual fireworks festival in Scheveningen will not take place this year. The organization behind the festival and the municipality could not reach an agreement on the safety requirements, Bjorn van Dijl of the Internationaal Vuurwerkfestival foundation said to newspaper AD.
On Friday the Dutch government will announce a nationwide ban on the strongest consumer fireworks - fireworks that fall in the so-called third category like strips and rolls of firecrackers, sources in The Hague told broadcaster NOS. Both the fireworks sector and the police are dissatisfied with the ban.
The ban will take effect from New Year's 2020-2021, according to the broadcaster. Category three fireworks, which form only a small share of the Dutch market, are already banned in Belgium and Germany.
The police, Dutch mayors and various large companies issued a joint call on the Dutch government to ban firecrackers and rockets. They want to uphold the tradition of lighting your own fireworks over New Year's, but only with "safe decorative fireworks", they said in a full-page advertisement that will soon appear in national newspapers, RTL Nieuws reports.
Ajax fans made sure that the Tottenham Hotspur team did not get a good night's sleep by waking them at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday with a firework show. The Amsterdam supporters posted a video on Twitter showing them lighting fireworks at the Van der Valk Hotel in Amsterdam Zuid, where the English team spent the night.
The Amsterdam triangle of municipality, police and Public Prosecutor call on Ajax supporters to not light fireworks or torches before, during and after the Champions League semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The city will allow a so-called entrada, but only on Arenapark next to the stadium and only if no fireworks are lit.
The Amstelveen College is closed on Friday due to signals that students wanted to cause riots at the school during the annual Amstelveen stunt. The school informed parents on Friday morning. Amstelveen College deliberately waited to announce the closure, "because of fear of nighttime incidents", the school said, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam asked the COT, its institute for security- and crisis management, to conduct an independent investigation into the police's actions before the Champions League quarter final between Ajax and Juventus last week Wednesday, the city said in a press release.
The Amsterdam police carried out charges before the Champions League quarter final match between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday evening. Over 30 football supporters were arrested. Earlier in the day the police arrested over a hundred armed Italian supporters. The total number of arrests came to more than 140, NU.nl reports.
The hardcore group of Ajax supporters, the F-Side, set off a bunch of fireworks outside the Van der Valk Hotel-Amstel in Amsterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The goal was to keep the Juventus players, who are staying in the hotel, awake ahead of the big match against Ajax on Wednesday.
"Welcome to Amsterdam", the F-Side wrote on Twitter, along with a video of the fireworks.
Rotterdam is introducing a limited fireworks ban from this New Year's. Neighborhoods where things got out of hand and there were firework related incidents in the past, will be banned from lighting fireworks on New Year's. While quiet neighborhoods will still be allowed to do so, the city council decided on Thursday night, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The police in The Hague sent two buses carrying ice hockey supporters back to Nijmegen on Sunday due to concerns for public order and safety. Two supporters were arrested, one for incitement and the other for assaulting a police officer, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
Around 100 young people turned on the police on the Markt in Boxtel, Noord-Brabant early on Sunday morning. Police officers were attacked and pelted with fireworks, cans and food. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.
The Dutch association for trauma surgery NVT register 90 fireworks injuries this New Year's, five fewer than last year. The 90 patients include 32 children, NU.nl reports.
New Year's Eve was particularly busy in Amsterdam, the municipality revealed on Tuesday. Police responded to more incidents than last year, gun use was on the rise, fire fighters were sent out on more calls, and five people were injured in fireworks accidents.
There were seven assaults on Amsterdam police officers at the turn of the new year, and one bus driver was assaulted. This is a slight increase on a year earlier, when there were five such cases.
People in the Netherlands spent a total of 70 million euros on fireworks this New Year's, 2 million euros more than the previous two years, according to the Dutch Association of Pyrotechnics, ANP reports.
The most money was spent on so-called compound fireworks - linked ornamental fireworks that needs to be lit only once to give a small fireworks show. Firecrackers were the most popular firework this year.
The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam treated eight people with fireworks injuries over New Year's. About half of the injuries caused permanent damage, the hospital announced, NU.nl reports.
The number of victims is about the same as last New Year's, though the injuries are somewhat more serious than in previous years, doctor Tjeerd de Faber said to the newspaper. The youngest victim is 15 years old.
"The most injuries were caused by legal fireworks. Half of the victims were bystanders and were hit by flying fireworks", Faber said.
Two people died during the Netherlands' New Year's celebrations last night. A man was killed in an explosion in Enschede. And in the Friesland town of Morra, a person was killed in a fireworks incident, according to the police.
The police responded to Gerstraat in Enschede shortly after midnight. At the scene they found a deceased man. "He likely died as a result of a fireworks explosion", the Enschede police said on Twitter. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.
Some 2.7 million people had watched the Survival Guide to the Dutch's hilarious and serious take on the fireworks tradition in the Netherlands around New Year's Eve. The video went live on Sunday on social media platforms Facebook and Youtube.
Another Rotterdam man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorist-related crimes, the Public Prosecutor's office said on Monday. The arrest is not connected to the arrest of four men in Rotterdam over the weekend, suspected of plotting a terrorist act.
Monday's announcement concerns a 24-year-old man who will be interrogated in the coming days. Little was revealed about the suspected plan.
No weapons or explosives were found. In searching his home, several data collection devices were seized.
Police officers and firefighters were attacked in Groningen and Utrecht over the weekend where young people on the street wreaked havoc with fireworks, authorities said. Fifteen people were arrest in connection with multiple incidents in the Paddepoel district of the city, AD reported.
It started when the fire department arrived in the district to put out a blaze, and had to respond again just an hour later when fire ignited again. On the second visit, heavy fireworks were lobbed at the firefighters causing police to respond.
Fireworks were thrown at a guide dog in Alkmaar this weekend. The dog fled from the bangs, resulting in his owner falling. The police are looking for witnesses, local cop Johan de Caluwe said on Twitter.
The incident happened at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Rekerhout park near Thijssepad. The police are looking for two young men who were riding on a scooter with no license plate.
The police call on the young men in question to turn themselves in and for any witnesses to come forward.
The Public Prosecution Service will take harsh action against misbehavior and misconduct during New Year's. The Prosecutor considers New Year's as an event, which means that sentence demands can be 75 percent higher, the Telegraaf reports.
People caught being aggressive or violent towards police officers, firefighters or paramedics could face sentences up to 200 percent, the Prosecutor said. First responders keep the Netherlands safe and they must be able to do their jobs without interference, according to the Public Prosecutor.