The weapon that Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son was arrested with in July was a deactivated revolver that belonged to his father, Robert Oey, the boy's father and Halsema's partner said in an interview with NRC. The boy found the weapon in a drawer in the mayor's official residence, where Oey left it before going on a business trip to Hong Kong, he said, adding that Halsema did not know the weapon was there. Opposition parties in Amsterdam want an explanation from the mayor.
Two years ago Amsterdam adopted a proposal which made sexual harassment on the street a punishable offense, but since then the municipality has done little to address the problem. Rotterdam, where this is also punishable, has made much more progress, AT5 reports.
The VVD in Amsterdam wants the capital to use volunteers as hosts in the city under the slogan "I Host Amsterdam", the party announced on their website. These volunteers would assist tourists during events or busy times in the city.