The number of Dutch politicians who reported being threatened increased significantly last year. The special police team that deals with threats against politicians received 331 reports last year, compared to 239 in 2016, the Public Prosecutor announced.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is establishing a new support team to assist and advise local politicians faced with threats. A new survey among political officials in municipalities, provinces and water boards revealed that 29 percent of them were targeted with aggression or violence last year, compared to 27 percent in 2016, RTL Nieuws reports.
Vlogger Sven van der Meulen from Meppel unmasked four men trying to make appointments to have sex with animals in a new episode on his YouTube channel. According to him, one of the men was until recently a faction leader in a municipal council for a national party in the Netherlands.
Chief Public Prosecutor Bart Nieuwenhuizen calls on politicians to stop pressing charges against one another in order to get attention. These "fake, tampering and show declarations" cost the judiciary a lot of time, he wrote in his column on Omroep West.
One in four politicians in Gelderland faced aggression over the past year, according to a study I & O Research did on behalf of the Province of Gelderland. Among mayors in Gelderland municipalities, 56 percent were faced with aggression, the Gelderlander reports.
A suspect was arrested in the Netherlands in the investigation into the murder of Curacao politician Helmin Wiels. This was done at the request of the Caribbean island's judiciary
The son of PVV politician Marjolein Faber managed the PVV's parliamentary website on behalf of the next PVV senate leader, RTL reports. Earlier, Faber was discredited for hiring her son to work on PVV Gelderland's website, but party leader Geert Wilders never forced her to resign.
Despite heavy complaints from within the Dutch government about Tuesday's cyber attack which took out several government websites, the managing director of the host hardest hit in the incident blames years of government inaction for the outage. The attack was clearly directed at the government, and any other websites that went down as a result were "collateral damage," said hosting firm Prolocation's managing director Raymond Dijkxhoorn
A group of both Jewish and Muslim people will come together tomorrow in Cafe Belcampo in Amsterdam West to remember and discuss the terror acts in Paris earlier this month. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher will be speaking during the "Solidarity Night; Jews and Muslims Solidarity with Paris" and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan will be attending the event as well.
Ex-PVV Member of Parliament Joram van Klaveren wants to re-introduce the mandatory military service law for males and females that would see youths participate in military service to keep them on the right track.
Former 50Plus leader Henk Krol has been told to reimburse the state with more than €200,000 in subsidies within two months, after it was discovered that this money was misused, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
A never before published interview with murdered politician Pim Fortuyn done four days prior to his death 12 years ago, will be shown on the tv-show Altijd Wat (Always Something) on Tuesday. The channel, KRO-NCRV decided at the time not to air the interview, but is doing so now in the days before the European Parliament elections on Thursday.
Activist group Schokkend-Groningen (Shocking Groningen) posted a critical tweet about recently deceased politician Els Borst.