Over 100 thousand people gathered on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday to celebrate Ajax's 34th Eredivisie title and the team making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The party happened with no major incidents. A total of 26 people were arrested or various reasons, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.
The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate Ajax's victory in the Eredivisie and the Amsterdam team's great performance in the Champions League. For the first time since 2011, the celebration will be held on the Museumplein in the center of the city. The square opens to celebrators at 1:00 p.m., and the official festivities will start at 4:00 p.m.
Ajax took its 34th Eredivisie title with a 4-1 victory over De Graafschap on Wednesday. This is the first time in five years that the Amsterdam team wins the national championship. Hundreds of enthusiastic fans took to the streets to celebrate with flags and flares, NOS reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is planning a party on the Museumplein for if Ajax wins its 34th national title. While the last matches are only being played on Wednesday, the title will almost certainly go to the Amsterdam team after its 4-1 victory against FC Utrecht and competitor PSV's 1-0 loss against AZ on Sunday.
Last week Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said that she will consider holding a celebration on the Museumplein should Ajax win the Champions League. But the people who live around the square are against such a party. "Unfortunately, at this time the Museumplein can no longer handle this party", residents' association Vereniging Buurtbelang Museumplein said in a letter to the mayor, Het Parool reports.
The letter is signed by six board members of the association. Exactly how many residents the association represents, is not clear.
Tens of thousands of people gathered on Amsterdam's Dam square on Sunday to protest for a more active policy. Carrying signs saying things like 'What will my world look like when I'm as big as you?', 'Save the earth', and 'Do something', the demonstrators marched through the cold and rain from Dam Square to the Museumplein, NU.nl reports.
Only hours after the iconic I Amsterdam letters were removed from the Museumplein, new giant letters appeared in front of the Rijksmuseum. These letters spell out 'HUH', and are Amsterdam artist Pauline Wiersema's way of protesting against the disappearance of I Amsterdam, AT5 reports.
Wiersema designed the letters for Dutch Design Week and put them in use on Monday. According to her, the removal of the I Amsterdam letters will not solve the problem with crowds at all.
The red and white 'I Amsterdam' letters were removed from the Museumplein on Monday morning. The removal started at 8:30 a.m. and the letters were taken away on a truck 30 minutes later, Het Parool reports.
The GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam partially relented on its plan to remove all I Amsterdam letters in the Dutch capital. Only the letters on Museumplein must go. If the residents of Nieuw-West and Zuidoost want to keep their I Amsterdam letters, the party will not ignore their wishes, AT5 reports.
Three homemade explosives were thrown at the Turkish consulate on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Saturday night, causing a small fire. No one was injured. A 34-year-old man was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.
The suspect is a Dutch man, according to Tolga Orkun, the Turkish consul general in Amsterdam. The police could not confirm this to RTL.
On Saturday March 24th, high school pupils and their families will protest in Amsterdam and The Hague to show solidarity with the March for Our Lives movement in the United States, the organizers announced in a press statement. The movement is a protest against gun violence in the U.S.
Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planning a demonstration in Amsterdam on March 11th, Pegida Nederland frontman Edwin Wagensveld announced on YouTube. According to him, the demonstration will happen in good consultation with the municipality and the police. The right-wing group wants to march through the city center, starting at Waterlooplein and ending at the Museumplein.
A spokesperson for Mayor Jozias van Aartsen confirmed to Het Parool that the city is discussing the demonstration with Pegida.
The Amsterdam police arrested a total of 30 people during and after the public viewing of the Europa League finals on the Museuplein on Wednesday night. After Ajax lost the title to Manchester United (2-0), the Dutch capital quickly and calmly ran empty, ANP reports.
Arrests were made for public intoxication, insults and setting a parasol on fire, among other things. One police officer was assaulted. "For us this is really an ordinary very busy Saturday night", the police said around midnight. By 1:00 a.m. Amsterdam was mostly empty and quiet, according to the news wire.
Train passengers trying to leave Amsterdam after the public viewing of the Europa League finals on Wednesday night are furious at NS over poor service. Social media flooded with complaints about overcrowded trains, lack of communication and general chaos, ANP reports. Ajax lost the match against Manchester United 2-0.
Amsterdam is preparing the Museumplein for a live screening of the Ajax vs Manchester United match in the Europa League finals tonight. Some 100 thousand supporters are expected to watch the match in the square, Het Parool reports.
Ajax is facing Manchester United in the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden tonight. Should the Amsterdam team win, the team will be honored in a ceremony also on the Museumpleini on Thursday. Some 150 thousand people are expected to attend the ceremony.
The public viewing of the Europa League finals match between Ajax and Manchester United on the Museumplein on Wednesday, will continue as planned, the Amsterdam municipality announced in the wake of an attack in Manchester on Monday. The city remains vigilant to any terrorism threats, the municipality said, according to Het Parool.
Ajax fans unable to go watch the the Europa League finals match between Ajax and Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24th, can watch it from the comfort of their own city. Amsterdam is holding a public viewing of the match, broadcast on big screens, on the Museumplein, the city announced in a press release on Friday.
Should Ajax win the finals, the team and technical staff will also be honored in a ceremony on the Museumplein the next day.
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.
Thousands of people took part in an 8 km march through Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon. They were demonstrating for a diverse Netherlands united as one, along with new movement Ieder1
The Moco Museum opening in Amsterdam at the end of this month will open with an exhibition featuring the work of Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and Street Art legend Banksy, the museum announced.
A silent march is being held for murdered 23-year-old Nabil Amzieb in Amsterdam on Sunday. The march will begin on the Museumplein at noon, from where participants will walk to Amstelveenseweg, ending in front of closed shisha lounge Fayrouz around 3:00 p.m.
The sunflower labyrinth on the Museumplein to celebrate the opening of the new entrance building to the Van Gogh Museum was a huge success. More than 40 thousand people visited the labyrinth over the weekend.
The Golden Coach has joined Zwarte Piet as another symbol of Dutch culture that can be construed as racist. Action group De Grauwe Koets, The Sooty Coach in English, has organized a demonstration against the famous Dutch coach on the Museumplein in Amsterdam on Saturday. According to the Facebook event page for the demonstration, the coach's panels contain "racist images which glorify the colonial past".
About half of the Museumplein in Amsterdam is being covered with a 7 thousand square meter labyrinth made out of 125 thousand sunflowers to celebrate the opening of the Van Gogh Museum's new entrance building.