Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Twenty-five Cities have Prohibitions on Gatherings

The number of Dutch cities with prohibitions on gatherings of problematic youngsters has increased rapidly. Two years ago such a prohibition was rare; last year at least 25 cities had initiated such rulings. A judge in Utrecht, however, has ruled that a municipality could issue such a prohibition only if it can be proved that there was a danger to the public order. In view of this he released seven youngsters who had been arrested. The government now wants to change the law, making it easier to issue such prohibitions.

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