Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Quarter of Community Service Sentences not fully carried out

A quarter of community service sentences are never or only partially carried out, according to new figures from the probation service Reclassering Nederland. Thousands of people sentenced to community service either fail to show up or are sent home for aggressive behaviour or breaking the rules, broadcaster NOS said. In 2013, there were problems with one in five community service sentences, but this rose to over one in four last year. This means in 2015 almost 11,000 people failed to carry out their sentence. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Despite criticism Rutte maintains his “Fuck up” statement against Dutch-Turkish hooligan

There has been much criticism in parliament on Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s statement “fuck up” about a Dutch-Turkish hooligan who harassed a journalist. Green left leader Jesse Klaver said that Rutte is pushing people out of Dutch society at a time when Turkey tries to influence them. In reply Rutte said that he stands fully behind his remark.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wilders: King’s speech full of fairy Tales

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders reacted to King Willem Alexander’s speech on the occasion of the opening of the parliamentary session by saying that he felt like being in the Efteling theme park of fairy tales. He said that the speech contained the government’s fairy tales, which are unrelated to reality, which looks totally different. In his view citizens have seen that the country has been destroyed by the cabinet. Wilders referred to the negative changes in social affairs and to the increases of rent. Wilders mentioned the influx of asylum-seekers and commented “we nearly lost our country.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

King mentions Worries in Society about Refugees

In his annual speech on the occasion of the opening of the parliamentary session on the third Tuesday of September King Willem Alexander painted a very positive picture of The Nethrlands’ situation. Yet a few words of concern slipped in: “It is logical that there are worries in society about the arrival of big groups of refugees. We ask ourselves if the differences in culture and in norms and values are not too big and whether services will not come under too much pressure.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dutch Elite Soldiers are fed up with Calls for Prayer from Mosque

Dutch soldiers from the elite Dutch Corps of Command Soldiers (KCT) are fed up with the weekly call for prayer from a mosque close to their barracks in Roosendaal. They have hired a lawyer to end the noise. The soldiers say that the call for prayer is imposed on them against their will. It creates negative associations among soldiers who have served in Muslim countries.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Medemblik: Vandals Damage Mosque under Construction

Vandals have destroyed windows and fences of a mosque under construction in Medemblik. Its chairman appeals to neighbors whether they can help identify the perpetrators.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Head of intelligence service: Highest terrorist threat in five years

Rob Bertholee has been the head of the general intelligence service, AIVD, for the past five years. He said that the threat of terrorist attacks during his service has never been as high as at present. He specifically mentioned the danger of traumatized people returning from Syria and Iraq who reenter Dutch society in order to carry out attacks later.  He also referred to people who are inspired by social media to implement terror attacks.  He said that some privacy has to be sacrificed in order to increase security.