Being able to demonstrate for or against something you believe in is a fundamental right in the Netherlands. But that right is under pressure, National Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen said in a new report, ANP reports.
The city of Enschede decided to ban planned demonstrations by Fortress Europe, No Nazis in Enschede and Enschede tegen Racisme on Sunday due to indications that the demonstrations will may lead to confrontations. Anti-Islam movement Pegida, which was set to be part of the Fortress Europe demonstration, is furious about this decision and plans to go through with the demonstration, Tubantia reports.
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan decided to stop the policy of closing coffeeshops immediately after a shooting at the business. But only if the coffeeshop owner agrees to take measures to prevent such incidents and to cooperate fully with the police should it be necessary, the municipality of Amsterdam announced in a press statement.
Coffeeshop Blue Lagoon on Overtoom in Amsterdam was closed down indefinitely by order of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday. This follows the coffeeshop being targeted in a shooting during the early hours of Wednesday morning
The police are too focused on catching criminals and not enough on maintaining public order on the streets, according to the society and security foundation SMV. As a result, municipalities and mayors are increasingly forced to hire in external forces to maintain public order.
The city of Rotterdam banned the Eredivisie match between Rotterdam Feyenoord and SBV Vitesse scheduled on Sunday, the Dutch football association KNVB reported on Thursday. Police in a tenuous contract negotiation with the Ministry of Security and Justice planned a short strike on Sunday, refusing to guard the event.
The offender, not by the taxpayer, should pay costs made to maintain public order. Dutch political party VVD asked the Minister of Justice, Opstelten, to change the law.