Male members of the PvdA, D66, SP and GroenLinks' youth movements will be protesting in mini-skirts on Dam square in Amsterdam on Saturday. They want to show support for women's rights and their displeasure with Cologne mayor Henriette Reker's statements following the large number of sexual assaults in the German city over New Year's.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte implored on asylum seekers to conform to the Dutch way of life if they want to make the Netherlands their home. On this their can be “no compromise,” he said at the press conference following his weekly cabinet meeting.
The remarks made by the mayor of Cologne about the very high number of sexual assaults in the German city during New Year's lead to fierce criticism from Dutch politicians. Mayor Henriette Reker suggested that women should keep strangers "at arms length to avoid sexual harassment". Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls this statement "completely the wrong signal" that creates the impression that the victims could have done something to stop it.