The Netherlands and Belgium are strengthening cooperation in the field of defense, counterterrorism, security, embassy relations and energy, the Dutch cabinet revealed in a press release Wednesday.
A disturbed man found his way onto the editorial floor of De Telegraaf in Amsterdam yesterday afternoon. He was escorted out of the building by security and then taken away by the police. Police officers later the discovered that the man was carrying a knife.
Ten million euros seized from criminal suspects who were convicted last year is being put into a fund to pay damages to victims, Security and Justice Secretary Fred Teeven said Sunday. The new rules on asset forfeiture went into effect last January.
The Centraal Joods Overleg (Central Jewish Board) in the Netherlands is insisting that the security around possible Jewish targets in the Netherlands be sharpened immediately. This follows the attacks in Copenhagen over this weekend.
The VVD has called for an exclusion of “controversial” imams who they say are scheduled to speak at a gala in Rijswijk in March. The party accuses the religious figures of using hate speech to rile up their listeners.
Dutch security and justice minister Ivo Opstelten and state secretary Fred Teeven no longer need to make any more budget cuts for security, despite the holes in their budget. Cabinet partners the VVD and the PvdA accept that the justice ministry now spends more money than budgeted.
The Netherlands Association of Journalists (NVJ) urgently wants to have a consultation with Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security, and the mayors of Amsterdam and Hilversum regarding the safety of journalists, "who are apparently very vulnerable".
The threat level around the United Nations base in Gao, Mali has increased and the threat is "significant," according to the Minister of Defence, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. Many Dutch troops are stationed in the area supporting the multinational mission, Minusma, to restore security and stability in Mali.
The Central Jewish Board (CJO) is asking synagogue congregations to start a letter-writing campaign to convince the Mayors of their cities to add more security around Jewish sites in the Netherlands. The letter is a response to the attack in Paris and the raid in Verviers, reports NRC. Both France and Belgium have deployed the army to guard the Jewish institutions.
Dutch police want more manpower and better defenses in the fight against terrorism. “National and international events have required many police in recent times,” the union for police officers, ACP, wrote in a letter to Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten and police chief Gerard Bouman
A new threat issued by a group claiming affiliation with ISIS names Amsterdam amongst several potential high-profile targets. Titled “Lone Wolves”, the Arabic-language piece seems to promote the use of dirty bombs with the statement, “You will feel it when Cesium-131 spreads down the streets and train stations of Russia, Boston, Dallas, Virginia and Amsterdam.”
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan spoke one-on-one with the NL Times following a demonstration on Dam Square in support of free speech Thursday night. He spoke about freedom, security, and how balance needs to be found amongst the two in a city like Amsterdam.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte tried to allay fears that the Netherlands is not prepared to deal with domestic terrorism following a meeting of the Dutch Cabinet on Friday. “While we cannot guarantee that no attacks will take place, the police, security offices and the [National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism] have done everything reasonable to prevent this,” he said at a press conference.
Opposition members of parliament say they are concerned with the current state of security measures in the Netherlands. They want the government to prevent attacks similar to those in and around Paris this week, and to raise the readiness of the security forces. The Anti-Islam PVV party says they even want to deploy the army as part of a plan to beef up domestic secur
Over 18,000 people showed up at Dam Square in Amsterdam to rally in support of free speech, and the victims of the shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. “Today we say by the thousands, ‘Hands off our freedom,’” Prime Minister Mark Rutte firmly said.
Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.
According to Statistics Netherlands, over 38 percent of residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods sometimes felt unsafe in their own neighborhood in 2013. This percentage is twice as high as the average for all Dutch citizens.
A highly disconcerted Magda Berndsen of political party D66 has challenged Security and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to start assisting police investigate recent street assassinations. The Member of Parliament expressed concern, suggesting that Minister Opstelten does not have his priorities in order.
Uefa launched an investigation Friday into crowd disturbances moments before the beginning of Thursday’s match between Feyenoord and Standard Liège, newswire ANP reports. Supporters of the Belgian side broke through fencing meant to secure the visitor’s section in Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium, and tried to fight with the home team’s supporters.
Stadium security and mobile police units were brought in, and managed to calm the situation.
Police arrested 29 Standard Liège supporters, of which three were reportedly still in custody Friday afternoon.
Police have warned people to stay extra alert as the Netherlands moves into winter, and the daylight becomes shorter. Local officers will increase patrols, keep an eye out for notorious burglars, and be on heightened alert for criminal activity from October to March, the police department said in a press release.
An reserve officer of the Netherlands military intelligence service reportedly spread confidential material to his civilian employer, ICT company Ordina, from Uruzgan province in Afghanistan in 2009. Television program Zembla reports this on the basis of e-mails obtained.
Over seven hundred jobs will disappear from the prison system reveals an internal Ministry of Security and Justice memorandum, uncovered by De Telegraaf. This in addition to closing nineteen prisons in 2013, and a loss of 2000 jobs.
Schiphol airport has started a complete rebuild of Lounge 2. The renovation will add 20 percent more shops and restaurants, and is expected to be complete in the Summer of 2015, RTV NH reports.
NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen has tapped Dutch diplomat Marriët Schuurman to be the next Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. Schuurman's responsibilities will include the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which governs the role of women during and after armed conflicts.