Thursday, October 30, 2008

Parliament Angry about Prosecution’s Loss of Suspects’ File

Parliament has written to Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Christian Democrat) that the law must be changed so that suspects can no longer be released because their original file was lost. This is what happened to the two main suspects of a robbery in 2006 in which seven people at a discotheque were threatened with firearms, physically abused and left bound on the floor. The Amsterdam court decided to release them even though digital and other copies of the file were

Immigration Service Investigating Leaking of Internal Files

The Immigration and Naturalization Service will investigate how internal documents were leaked and can now be found on a radio website. Member of Parliament Sietse Fritsma of the Freedom Party (PVV) says that his faction had received the documents which show that anonymous officials of the service claim that Deputy Minister of Justice Nebahat Albayrak (Labor) is abusing her rights to overrule permits for asylum seekers which were refused by the service.

Psychiatric Institutions for Criminals Overcrowded

Judges are deciding more and more to send people to psychiatric institutions for lesser crimes. Attorneys say that increasingly the protection of society is becoming the first priority. However, this leads to an overcrowding of the so-called long term departments of these institutions. The waiting list is now 15 months and criminals spend this time in

Two Thousand Secondary School Teachers Participate in Relay Strike

Two thousand teachers participated in the third day of the relay strike on Wednesday. The strikers are demanding higher salaries and a lower work load. Unless the employers accept the terms of the strikers, a general one-day strike will be called in November.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Police Union: Government Wrongly Claims Police on Full Strength

Contrary to what the government claims in its 2009 budget, the police is not functioning at full strength. In many police precincts there is such a shortage of staff available for emergency assistance that the police protection is not always reliable. This was stated by Han Busker, chairman of the NPB police union. He added that he gets complaints about this on a daily basis from policemen.

Council for Child Care Not Functioning Properly

The Inspectorate for Child Care has published a new report in which it claims that the Council for Child Care is insufficiently protecting children from problem families. The decisions of the offices for youth care to return a child to his home after he has been removed temporarily, are insufficiently, or not at all, checked by the council. The Inspectorate says that the lack of supervision of the council is irresponsible.

Safety of Rail Infrastructure Declining

Due to poor maintenance the safety of the rail infrastructure is declining. This development is due to a shortage of competent mechanics. This was stated by the FNV Bondgenoten trade union after a survey among 1,200 railroad workers. More than half of them said that there are too few people to do maintenance. Many of the more competent mechanics have moved to other jobs, because they had to work more at night and over weekends. In many cases they been replaced by employees with no railway experience.

Eight Hundred Teachers Participate in Relay Strike

Eight hundred secondary school teachers took part on Tuesday in the second day of the relay strike to protest salaries and work load. The striking teachers came from the provinces of southern Holland and Zeeland. The relay strike is due to continue for another two days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Police Cannot Cope with 1,800 Youth Gangs

The police have identified 1,800 youth gangs, of which 350 are responsible for major problems and regularly resort to violence. In addition there are 95 criminal youth gangs which are involved in armed robberies, extortion and drug trade. The others are involved in petty vandalism. Moroccans are disproportionately represented in the gangs. There is a great increase in multi-ethnic gangs. The police state that it is incapable of coping with all these gangs at

Government Subsidizes Building of Ship Named after Former SS Member

Parliamentarian Sharon Gesthuizen of the left wing Socialist Party has asked the minister of economic affairs why a subsidy of 800,000 Euro was paid to the builder of a ship named after Pieter Schelte Heerema, a former member of the SS. This was discovered by the journalist Ton Biesemaat who is working on a book about the late industrialist Heerema.

Youngsters on the Street Biggest Problem for Dutch Public

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics show that 10% of the population think that the major source of hindrance is youngsters hanging around on the streets. Five percent of the Dutch think that drug users are the main problem and 4.5% put drunkards in first place.

Thousand Secondary School Teachers Participate in Relay Strike

About a thousand secondary school teachers in the provinces Brabant and Limburg were on strike Monday afternoon. This is part of a relay strike to be which will be followed by strikes in other provinces. The teachers are demanding higher salaries and lower work loads.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Half of Police Corps Nearly Bankrupt

The police union ANPV claims that at least half of the police corps in the Netherlands are so short of money that they will de facto go bankrupt next year. This means that for any spending they must receive approval directly from the Ministry of Interior. The police corps in the province in Drente is already under the custody of the ministry. At present the maintenance of police stations is poor, policemen sit on worn out chairs to print their reports, and the temperature has been lowered in the offices.,1

Suspects of Armed Robbery Released: Prosecution Lost File

The two main suspects in an armed robbery on an Amsterdam discotheque in 2006 have been released, because the prosecution lost their original file. They had been condemned respectively to four and five years in jail in the lower court but, since the file had been lost, the appeals court released them.

Amsterdam Soccer Fans not Welcome in Eindhoven

The Dutch champion soccer team PSV Eindhoven will not allow Ajax Amsterdam supporters in its stadium this season. During the last game between the two clubs in Eindhoven, Ajax fans broke through the wall separating the supporters. Later they threw various objects at PSV fans and ushers. Several of these were wounded.

Maastricht Mayor Expects Illegal Drug Sales to Increase

Recently the two border towns of Roosendaal and Bergen op Zoom announced that they will close all so-called “coffee shops” where the sale of drugs is allowed. Gerd Leers, the mayor of Maastricht, another border town, said that this is likely to lead to increased sales by illegal drug runners. He appealed to the Minister of Justice to reach a uniform attitude toward drug sales for all of Europe.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dutch Journalist Buys Heavy Machine Gun on Internet

Alberto Stegeman, a Dutch journalist, has purchased at least four fire arms and ammunition from Dutch criminals and other private people over the last few months. He responded to offers on Belgium websites. One of the items he purchased was a heavy caliber machine gun. He turned the weapons over to the police who said they were shocked that such things were available on the internet.

Netherlands World Center of Nigerian E-Mail Swindle

Yvette Schoenmakers, a criminologist at the police academy, has concluded that the Netherlands, and in particular Amsterdam, serve as the world center for Nigerian e-mail swindlers. These criminals send thousands of e-mails all over the world promising people lottery prizes or other fraudulent transactions. If someone accepts he has to pay transaction costs after which he never hears anything further. The swindlers have chosen Amsterdam because they think the police there are soft and also because there is a large African community in the southeastern section of town where they can disappear.

Radical Imam Promotes Polygamy

Jneid Fawaz, the imam of the orthodox As Soennah mosque in The Hague has announced on his website that when a man takes a second wife he does not have to ask the first wife for permission. He does not mention that bigamy is illegal in the Netherlands. Most of the questions and answers on his website relate to sex. The page with the most hits deals with whether Muslims are allowed to engage in oral sex.,2

Gouda Police has no Time for Complaint

Last Wednesday a Moroccan youngster about 11 years old threw a dart arrow at a woman in the troubled Oosterwei neighborhood of Gouda. It hit her under the eye. When she went to the police station to complain, she was told to come back on Saturday, as the police had no time to deal with her. The victim also said that children throw eggs, tomatoes and stones at windows and walk over cars. The police say they cannot do anything because the children are under the age of 12.,1

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hospitals Close Surgeries Due to Lack of Nurses

A review of 20 hospitals in the western and central areas of the Netherlands has found that several hospitals have closed surgery rooms due to lack of nurses. An emergency plan to train additional nurses has not alleviated the situation, as many specialized nurses leave hospitals for the business world.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sports Organizations Establish Black List of Sex Offenders

In 2009 the roof organization NOC*NSF will establish a black list of sports people who have committed sex crimes within sports clubs and have been condemned by the courts. Every year about 100 cases of sexual abuse, including rape, take place in Dutch sports clubs. In 60% of the cases the victims are minors.

Gossiping Hinders Office Productivity in the Netherlands

A study by Canon Europe among 5,500 office workers in 18 European countries found that people spend a quarter of their work time doing nothing. The situation in the Netherlands was found to be the worst. In the Netherlands people spent twice the time gossiping compared to the European average.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thousands of Museum Visitors Detained

On Sunday the military aviation museum closed its gates for hours after it was discovered that a sex crime involving a five-year old child had taken place in the rest rooms. An estimated 2,000-2,500 visitors were not allowed to leave the museum for several hours and were asked to give their personal details to the military police.

Expatriates: Netherlands Has Become More Violent

Three-quarters of Dutchmen living abroad think that the Netherlands has become more violent since they left. Forty percent are of the opinion that the Netherlands is less safe than the country where they are now living. These are the findings of a poll by the Dutch World Service Radio (Wereldomroep) among 1,100 Dutchmen living

Police Has No Time for Complaints

On Saturday a Jewish man who was wearing a kippah (skullcap) was beaten up by three Moroccans in one of the better areas of Amsterdam. When he complained to the police, they said they were busy and asked him to come back a few days later. After criticism by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), the police apologized. (From the talkbacks to this item in various newspapers it seems that policemen often say that they have no time to deal immediately with complaints.)

Barbers Protect their Staff Insufficiently

More than two-thirds of the barber shops and three-quarters of the training for barbers do not provide sufficient protection for staff and students against dangerous chemicals and physical stress. More than a third of the barbers receive complaints about RSI or back problems; 20% suffer from eczema on their hands from chemicals in various products. These are the findings of the Labor Inspectorate in 436 locations.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lack of Discipline at Largest Dutch Military Base

In an internal newspaper at Oirschot, the largest Dutch army base, a senior officer complains about the lack of discipline of the 13th Mechanized Brigade. He claims that soldiers frequently drive too fast on the base, and that military personnel are regularly involved in fights in the nearby town of Eindhoven. Equipment is poorly maintained and soldiers are dressed sloppily. The officer warns that lack of respect for rules of hygiene can lead to illness which undermines the health of the military. The leadership of the land forces has denied that the situation at the base is so bad.

Towns Demand More Competence in Fight Against Street Terror

Twenty-three mayors of towns which have frequent problems with local youth are demanding more competence and funds from the government to deal with this issue. Moroccan youngsters in particular are causing a lot of trouble. Minister of the Interior Guusje ter Horst (Labor) will meet today with the mayors of the ten so-called “Moroccan communities”, i.e. the towns where Moroccan youngsters are causing particular problems. These are Ede, Gorinchem, The Hague, Culemborg, Gouda, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Nijmegen and Tilburg. (It is quite common in the Netherlands to mention the ethnicity of troublemakers.)

Schools in Central Amsterdam Dirty and in Poor Condition

Half of the 14 government schools in the Central Amsterdam neighborhood are in poor condition. Toilets and showers stink, there is mold on the walls, roofs leak and the paint is peeling off the walls. There is also graffiti on the external walls of the schools. These are the findings of a study by the Asset Facility Management company.

Attorney-General Office Sends Confidential Files to Wrong Advocates

At least three law offices have mistakenly received confidential files of cases which do not concern them, from the Attorney-General in Maastricht. The lawyers say that this is extremely sloppy behavior and could harm clients’ rights to confidentiality. The Attorney-General’s office is investigating.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Two Billion Euro of Illegal Dutch Cannabis Exports

Police sources estimate that Dutch growers of cannabis (hemp) export illegally about 500 tons of their produce per year for a value of two billion Euro. Official Dutch exports of all flowers and plants are about 5.5 billion Euro. Police Commissioner Max Daniel, who leads the fight against cannabis growing, says that eighty percent of the illegally grown production is meant for export. He added that criminality in The Netherlands related to cannabis growing is increasing.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Public Prosecutor Apologizes to Arrested Soccer Fans

Henk Korvinus, the Head Public Prosecutor of Rotterdam has sent a letter of apology to all those among the 799 soccer fans which were arrested on 23 April 2006 but have not been informed since whether they will be prosecuted. Those arrested at the game between Feyenoord (Rotterdam) and Ajax (Amsterdam) were left for many hours without toilets, food or drinking facilities. The National Ombudsman criticized the police behavior. The Attorney General’s Office has found that the arrests were justified.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Labor Parliamentarian Says: Humiliate Criminal Moroccans

Hans Spekman a parliamentarian of the Labor party – which is a member of the Dutch coalition government – has proposed that criminal Moroccan youngsters should be humiliated in front of their friends. Spekman said that jail penalties enhance the status of these youngsters within their social group. One should instead aim for other punishments such as having sentenced youngsters do work in their own neighborhood, while wearing prison clothing. He added that by targeting only criminal Moroccans one avoids stigmatizing their entire ethnic group.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

White Male Police Chiefs Worried about Promotion Discrimination

There is major unrest among the top 150 police officers in the Netherlands about the intentions of Minister of the Interior Guusje Ter Horst (Labour) to appoint women or non-western immigrants to 50% of the top positions over the next three years. The police will make an effort to provide alternative employment for those not promoted in line with their capabilities.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Patients Worried about Conditions of Hospital Operating Rooms

The Dutch Patients Consumer Federation (NPCF) has called the results of the investigation of Dutch hospital operating rooms “surprising and worrying.” They reacted to the report by the Dutch Inspectorate of Health. The deputy-director of the NCPF, Atie Schipaanboord, said “it is not acceptable that during high risk surgery so little attention is given to the safety of the patient.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Liberal Party Criticizes Minister of Justice for Understating Problems

Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Christian Democrat) criticized parliamentarians as having exaggerated the problems caused by Moroccan youngsters in the town of Gouda. (It is quite common in the Dutch media to mention the ethnicity of criminals.) He was thereupon attacked by the opposition Liberal and Freedom parties. Liberal leader Mark Rutte said that the minister is abandoning Gouda, “People there are afraid that the street no longer belongs to the state. The minister is not taking the signs seriously enough.”

Monday, October 13, 2008

Journalist Breaks into Military Facilities

The Dutch journalist Alberto Stegeman related on a TV program how he entered an air force base without being in uniform and without being questioned. He also managed to drive an army vehicle without being noticed. He claims that he has entered other military installations unnoticed. The Ministry of Defense has said it would be very expensive to protect the bases from such penetrations, but that they will undertake an investigation on how to improve the situation.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Negligence in Dutch Hospital Operating Rooms

Many hospitals are careless in preventing infections in operating rooms. There is a lack of discipline regarding washing of hands and proper clothing, while the sterile environment in the operating rooms is often polluted by people coming in and out. There must also be safer use of medical materials, drugs and other apparatus. Thse are the results of a report by the Inspectorate for Health, which has investigated 22 hospital operating rooms.

Gorinchem: Firemen Work only under Police Protection

Firemen in the town of Gorinchem put out fires only under police protection. Without such protection they are hindered in their work by a group of 10-15 Moroccan youngsters. On one street in the town there have been eight cases of arson since the end of August. A spokesman of the municipality said they were probably caused by these youngsters who are “bored.” (It is quite common in the Dutch media to mention the ethnicity of criminals.)

44% Cancer Risk for Dutch Men

Dutch researchers have studied the risks for Dutchmen to get one of 56 kinds of cancer. They found that 44% of men and 38% of women will get cancer at some stage of their life. In 2005 81,000 people were diagnosed with some form of the disease. For most of them it was the first time. Almost 40,000 died of the illness during that year.

Wilders: Anti-Terror Official Intimated by Islam

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), says that the National Coordinator in the fight against terror is being intimidated by the “advancing Islam.” Wilders was reacting to the presentation of a report by the Amsterdam University which was carried out on behalf of the National Coordinator. In this report the researchers say that authorities should listen more carefully to the demands of extreme Muslims. They claim that these demands might contain legitimate social criticism which could improve society. Wilders considers this capitulation to Islam.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Prime Minister of Dutch Antilles: Netherlands Discriminates Antilleans

Emily de Jongh-Elhage, Prime Minister of the Dutch Antilles, is visiting the Netherlands to express her anger with the Dutch government about a new data bank of Antillean youngsters in the Netherlands, which will be established to fight the high criminality among them. The Antilles consider it discriminatory that only Antillean youngsters are registered in this way. The Organization of Caribbean Dutchmen (OCaN) wants to complain to the European Court of Human Rights about what they call the racial data bank.

Dutch Police Afraid of French-type Disturbances

A psychologist, an advocate and a former police chief told the Telegraaf daily that the soft attitude of the Dutch police toward Moroccan “hooligan scum” and the denial of these problems results from shame for the lack of their own authority and fear of escalation toward the type of disturbances which erupted in France. They said this in reaction to the statements of the police chief Jan Stikvoort, who is in charge of the central Holland police region. Stikvoort had criticized the politicians and the media for exaggerating the problems in the town of Gouda and claimed that his policemen have more problems with autochtonous youngsters than with Moroccan hooligans.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dutchmen are More Insulting on Websites than Other Europeans

The daily Trouw claims that Dutchmen are more insulting in their reactions on websites than people of other European nations. Claudia van der Laan, head of the firm NoviaFacts, says that her staff read all reactions to articles in the largest Dutch daily, the Telegraaf (8-15,000 per day). She says that normally speaking 30% of the reactions are censored. However, if the article is about Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) or non-western immigrants, 90% are so coarse and discriminatory that even allowing for extreme freedom of speech, only 10% can be put up on the site.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Belgian Prime Minister Criticizes Dutch Finance Minister

The Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme criticized Dutch Finance Minister and leader of the Labor Party Wouter Bos who had said that the Dutch government had taken over the Dutch parts of the troubled Fortis bank in order to prevent them from being infected by the Belgian parts. Leterme said that that Bos “frequently makes unfortunate statements” and this is apparently in his character.

Policemen and Ministry of Justice Employees Seen Smoking Illegally in Cafes

In the Netherlands it is now forbidden to smoke in cafes. However, in the town of Arnhem a number of policemen and Ministry of Justice employees were seen smoking in one of the local cafes where it is still allowed by the owners despite the fact that it is illegal.

Town of Enschede Targets Roma Families

The municipality of Enschede plans to target 20 families of Roma (Gypsies) due to their frequent criminal behavior. The municipality says that one-fifth of the Roma families are involved in burglaries, thefts and begging.
[It is quite common in the Netherlands to mention the ethnicity of criminals.]

More Dutchmen Feel Lonely

Ten percent of Dutchmen now feel lonely as opposed to five percent just five years ago. Of those between the ages 18-24 12% are lonesome. Eight percent feel that there is no purpose to their life. Five years ago the rate was 3%. These are the results of a study by the Motivaction firm on behalf of the Salvation

Monday, October 6, 2008

Dutch Soldiers Wounded in Fight in Berlin

Dutch soldiers were wounded in a fight with personnel of a pub in the center of Berlin. German police and Dutch officers managed to end the fight. One of the wounded soldiers is in a German hospital. Three others were treated and released. The soldiers are part of a unit which is on exercises near