Saturday, October 31, 2015

Parliamentary leaders threatened

The heads of the Christian Democrats (CDA), the Liberal Democrats (D66) and Green Left parliamentary factions have been threatened.  Jesse Klaver (Green Left) registered a complaint with the police, followed by Alexander Pechtold of D66.  Very few details have been published.  VVD faction leader Halbe Zijlstra announced prior to these threats that he had received a letter with a bullet enclosed.  Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV Freedom Party has had bodyguard protection for many years.  Earlier this week, an open letter was published signed by the leaders of most parliamentary factions, requesting more tolerance for each other.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Deputy Minister resigns because of Fyra fiasco

Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Wilma Mansveld (Labor Party) has resigned as a result of the presentation of the parliamentary inquiry report on the Fyra high-speed fiasco.  The report on Mansveld’s activities was damning.  The commission rebuked Mansveld, among other things, for having reported inadequately, carelessly and inaccurately to Parliament.  Mansveld has been criticized extensively on a variety of other issues, including the operations of the railway infrastructure company ProRail.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Damning parliamentary inquiry report on high-speed train failure.

A parliamentary inquiry led by Madeleine van Toorenburg (CDA) has published a damning report on the failure of the high speed train from Amsterdam to Brussels.  It mentions that the main bodies responsible for the failure are the Dutch State Railways (NS) and the various government members at the Ministries of Transport and later Infrastructure and Environment.  The commission concluded that the interests of the traveler were secondary to other issues.  The state was mainly interested in financial gain, the NS wanted to maintain its monopoly on the railways.  The report is entitled: “Traveler in the Cold”.  The report also says that the government negotiated far from intelligently in its dealings with Belgium, and that the Belgium and its railways have not acted as reliable partners. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

At least 56 Aldermen Threatened in Past Year and a Half

In the past year and a half at least 56 Dutch aldermen have been threatened. This results from a survey undertaken by the Assocation of Aldermen. (Wethoudersvereniging). In addition 27 aldermen were subject to aggression and violence whereas 109 were insulted. Of all these only 29 complained with the police. Arne Werveling, the Chair of the Association stated that the number of complaints is far too low in view of the large number of incidents. The survey was sent to all 1500 aldermen, of which 480 answered.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Delegation of Dutch Officials Beaten up in Paris Suburb

A group of Dutch officials has been beaten up in the Saint Denis suburb of Paris. The officials from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Arnhem were visiting France to study how the French government deals with radicalization. After a conversation they had in a youth center they were attacked on the street by a group of hooligans. One of them was wounded in his head, some of their possessions were stolen. A Dutch reporter of the NOS radio station who accompanied them detailed the incident in a program.

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Employers Organization worried about Popularity of Freedom Party

Hans de Boer, chairman of the Employers Organization VNO-NCW has expressed his concern about the increasing popularity of the Freedom Party (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, and the impact that may have on the international trade of the Netherlands. In the latest poll by Maurice de Hond the PVV was found to be the far largest political party in the Netherlands with 37 seats as against 15 seats in the current parliament. De Boer’s predecessor Wientjes had expressed similar concerns after Wilders attacked the Turkish President Erdogan.     

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Major Talk Show invites Inciter who called to beat up Israeli Tourists

The major Dutch talkshow Pauw of the Social Democrat Broadcasting Organization VARA has invited Youness Ouaali to participate. He had called on his facebook site to beat Israeli tourists until they are a “total loss.” The pro-Israeli defense organization CIDI has complained with the police about Ouaali's statement..

Friday, October 16, 2015

Parliamentary Questions on Call to beat up Israeli Tourists

Two liberal parliamentarians, Han ten Broeke and Sjoerd Potters  have asked parliamentary questions about a call on Facebook to beat up Israeli tourists. The call was made by Dutchman Youness Ouaali who is spokesman of the relief organization Worldwide Relief. The parliamentarians want to know whether the organization is subsidized by the Dutch Government.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jihadist wanted to carry out terror attack

A 29 year old Iraqi-born jihadist, Mohammed G. wanted to carry out a terror attack in the Netherlands if he were stopped from traveling to Syria or Iraq to join the Islamic State. He approached various weapon suppliers and also tried to buy a false passport from an undercover agent. The origin of this information is the Dutch general intelligence service, AIVD.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jewish Community Fears Arrival of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees to Jewish Neighborhoods

The CJO, the umbrella body of Dutch Jewish organizations CJO and local Jewish organizations in Amsterdam and Amstelveen are deeply concerned about the security of the Jewish community on the occasion of the reception of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in a building at Laan van Kronenburg in Amstelveen. The organizations, indicate that the said center is located in the Jewish infrastructure and therefore particularly unfortunate. Amsterdam-Buitenveldert and the intended part of Amstelveen, are the only places in the Netherlands with a visible or recognizable Jewish community with multiple synagogues, Jewish schools, kosher restaurants and kosher shops and a Jewish cemetery. The CJO mentions that most of the terrorist threat to Jewish institutions comes from individuals and organizations from countries where the current asylum seekers come from and where official channels are very negatively about Jews.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Majority Thinks Refugees are Looking for Prosperity

62 % of the Dutch population think that the refugees are not fleeing the war but are seeking prosperity. 47% of those polled by pollster Maurice de Hond say that borders should be closed to refugees.  In his most recent poll,  the two government parties, the Liberals and the Labor Party have lost more than 60% of their voters since the 2012 elections.

Monday, October 12, 2015

New Tensions in Netherlands over Refugees

Hundreds joined a rally in Utrecht organized by the far right-wing German Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident) movement.  There were counter-protestors, a smoke bomb was thrown and fights broke out.  Ten people were arrested.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Senior Politician: Asylum-seekers Threaten our Prosperity.

Halbe Zijlstra, chairman of the Liberal Party (VVD) faction in parliament, said that the influx of refugees is an acute threat to the Dutch welfare state, and to its social services.  He says less people should come, and those arriving should be given far less in the way of support.  In this way “we will prevent more people from coming to our country”.  He added the run on the Netherlands has to be stopped.  “Social costs are increasing and the housing market is in crisis, we cannot accept that.  It is my duty as a politician to protect our own levels of prosperity which we have worked so hard to achieve.”  The VVD is the largest party in the Netherlands.  Prime Minister Rutte is its leading politician.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Woerden: Eleven People Arrested after Attack on Refugee Housing

A group of twenty people tried to storm a sport hall in Woerden where refugees are temporarily housed. They overrun fences and threw foreworks and eggs. Eleven people were arrested.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Oranje: Deputy Minister harassed because of sending asylum seekers

During a visit to the small village of Oranje Deputy Minister Dijkhoff of Security and Justice was harassed after he said that the Government would locate 1400 asylum-seekers in the village instead of 700 as announced initially. Due to the heated discussion Dijkhoff decided to leave. One of his security guards pushed a woman which wanted to stop his car. She fell, was wounded and taken away by an ambulance. Buses with asylumseekers were initially stopped, but after discussions with the police the asylumseekers could go their center, while the buses were not allowed to continue.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Asylum seekers suspected of Indecent Assault

Three asylum seekers in the town of Almere are suspected in the indecent assault of five women. One incident was followed by police on a close circuit television system. The three suspects are aged from eighteen to twenty years old.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Over-supply of stolen identity data – price of forged identities declines rapidly

Albert Kramer of the internet security company Trend Micro says that stolen identity data are in great surplus, and information is now being sold on the internet for less than one euro.  This concerns addresses, telephone numbers, and also bank and credit card data.  Kramer explains this saying that even people who have little knowledge can now access tools for cyber-criminality.  He added that companies do too little to protect themselves against online risks.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

PVV opens hotline for problems caused by asylum seekers

The PVV Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, has opened a hotline where people can complain about problems caused by asylum-seekers.  Wilders says that because the borders are totally open, the government is importing tens of thousands of asylum seekers.  Unfortunately, many Dutch citizens will suffer problems from this.  In 2012, the PVV opened a similar hotline for problems caused by Poles, Romanians and Bulgarians.  The PVV party said at the time that 40,000 complaints were received.  Examples included complaints about drunkenness, noise and parking issues.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Doctoral Thesis: Rich Dutchmen Cheat Treasury for 10 Billion Euro

Former tax Authorities detective Jan Van Koningsveld claims that the Dutch Treasury is cheated for 10 billion Euro by rich people who have hidden up to 129 Billion Euro in tax havens such as the Virgin Islands, the Seychelles and the Cayman Islands. Also criminals use these tax havens to whitewash black money. Koningsveld said so in his Ph.D for Tilburg University. He added that it is very difficult to identify the legal structures used and it takes much time

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Half of Dutch Tourists on Vacation are cheated

Half of Dutch tourists on vacation fall victim to cheating. This was found by polls of travel agencies. Cabs are at the top of the list. Also restaurants and shops are important among a long list of cheating businesses.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Majority of Dutchmen: No additional refugees should be accepted

According to a poll by DVJ Insights for RTLNieuws 65% of Dutchmen do not want the country to accept additional refugees. A few weeks ago that percentage was 56%. Thirty nine percent of those interviewed do not want refuges to come to their municipality. A few weeks ago this figure was  35%.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Almelo: Five Arrests in Asylumseekers Center after Major Fight

A major fight broke out in an asylumseeker center in Almelo. One person was taken away in an ambulance. The police arrived with ten cars and arrested five youngsters of 16 and 17 years.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Drachten: Many fight in Center for Refugees

A major fight broke out in a center for refugees in Drachten in which tens of people participated. Some used sticks. The police arrested three rioters.