Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ministers: Turkish interference in society unacceptable

Minister of Foreign Affairs Burt Konders (Labor) has said that the Dutch government does not tolerate Turkish interference in Dutch society. Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Labor) and Minister of the Interior Stef Blok (VVD) said more or less the same. Konders also said that he the Netherlands doesn’t want tensions between supporters of the Turkish government and those of the Gülen movement to be imported into the Netherlands.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rotterdam: Special Police Team to prevent further escalation of tensions among Turks

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has said that the Rotterdam police has established a special team which will deal with complaints about threats in the Turkish community in the town. He accused the Turkish consul in the town of stimulating the tensions. About 50 000 Turks live in Rotterdam.  Tens of parents have taken their children out of schools which are considered to be close to the Gülen movement.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Freedom Party Election program: De-Islamize Netherlands

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom party has announced the key elements of the party’s election program. One major issue is the De-Islamization of the country. It includes banning the Koran, the closure of all mosques and Islamic schools, the preventive detention of radical Muslims, people in public functions will not be allowed to wear headscarves, no immigrants will be allowed from Muslim countries and all asylum centers should be closed. The program also calls for the Netherlands to leave the European Union.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Three former German RAF Terrorists sighted in the Netherlands

Three former German terrorists of the RAF group have been sighted a number of times in The Netherlands. Since the end of July there are indications that they hide there.. The German police has offered a reward of 80 000 Euro. These three people have probably since 2011 robbed eight supermarkets and money transports.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Eritrean Embassy in Netherlands possibly intimidates Eritreans

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders is greatly worried about the possible intimidation by the Embassy of Eritrea of Eritreans living in the Netherlands. Parliamentarians are worried as well. Koenders has raise the subject in a conversation during a visit of Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh to the Netherlands. Eritrea requires its citizens abroad to pay two percent taxes to the country. There are indications that this in various cases is obtained through intimidation.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Already 43 Dutch visitors robbed in Rio de Janeiro

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that until Saturday night 43 Dutchmen have been robbed in Rio de Janeiro, during the Olympics. The ministry recommends Dutch visitors to go as little as possible alone in the streets, but try to walk with others. It also recommends to stay away from poor neighborhoods. It tells to be in particularly alert after sundown, as then robbers are often armed.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mini-telephones enable Criminals to conduct Business from Jail

Hundreds of mini-telephones have been discovered in Dutch jails in the past year. These telephones, which weigh about 20 grams, are difficult to discover as they have no metal parts. With these telephones criminals can continue to conduct their activities from jail. The cost of a mini-telephone, who is about 50 Euro. A voice distorter makes it difficult for the authorities to identify who is speaking.