Prosecutors push up to 10 years for €22M cocaine bust hidden in frozen fish

Prosecutors on Tuesday alleged that a group of seven men were at least partly responsible for the importation of approximately 1,125 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of frozen fish. The cocaine entered the Netherlands at the Port of Rotterdam and was then tracked to a worksite in Zaandam in July 2018.
Submitted by Zack Newmark on October 15, 2019 - 18:50

"Dark side of flourishing economy": Quarter of Dutch workers hurt in industrial accidents

The flourishing Dutch economy has a down side, and that is that workplaces in the Netherlands are becoming less safe, according to trade union CNV. A quarter of Dutch employees in high-risk professions have fallen victim to an industrial accident at least once, according to a study Panelwizard performed among nearly 1,100 employees on behalf of the union.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 18:00

Far-right anti-Islamist group wants more blackface use at Sinterklaas arrival

Far-right, anti-Islam group Pegida is calling on people to come to the national Sinterklaas arrival this year dressed as blackface Zwarte Piet. "We want to turn it into a traditional, beautiful children's party again", Pegida leader Edwin Wagensveld, dressed in a Sinterklaas costume, said in a video on Facebook.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 17:10

Dutch FM asks Turkish counterpart to stop Syria invasion

Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs called his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavusoglu on Monday to make clear that the Dutch government condemns Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria, he said in a letter to parliament, NOS reports.
Blok asked Minister Çavusoglu​ to stop Turkish operations in the area and called his attention "to the need to monitor camps" where ISIS jihadists are detained. He also asked Çavusoglu​ to address the humanitarian need in the area.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 16:20

Dutch development bank funded projects tied to murder, land-grabs: report

Dutch development bank FMO funded a number of projects involved in serious abuses, Trouw reports based on its own research. The newspaper identified at least seven projects that FMO funded in which the companies involved were connected to murder, intimidation, environmental damage, arbitrary arrests and land grabbing. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 15:30

Islamic school in financial scandal loses funding after skipping gov't deadline

The Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam will get no more funding from the government as of December 1st, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education said in a letter to parliament.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 14:32

Dutch brothers get up to 5.5 years for aggravated assault on Prague waiter

A Czech court sentenced Dutch brothers Armin and Arash N. to 5.5 years and 5 years in prison respectively for assaulting a waiter in Prague in April last year. The brothers were convicted of aggravated assault on appeal on Tuesday. They are also banned from visiting the Czech Republic for ten years, AD reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 13:42

Son escapes, rescues 5 siblings trapped for 9 years by "end of times" father

The police discovered a father living with his six children in an 'end of times' bunker on a farm in Ruinerwold. The family, who hasn't seen the outside world for years, was discovered after the oldest son managed to get away on Sunday and went to a local pub for help, RTV Drenthe reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 13:10

Video: Several held in violent attacks on Groningen city hall, town square

The police arrested two men on Tuesday in connection with incidents during a farmers' protest at the Groningen provincial government on Monday. Both men are suspected of public violence, the police said in a statement. That brings the total number of suspects arrested up to three.
On Monday hundreds of farmers went to protest against new rules surrounding nitrogen emissions at eight of the twelve Dutch provincial governments. The protest in Groningen got out of hand.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 12:41

Dutch kids can return from ISIS territory, but not parents: PM's party

The conservative VVD party is willing to discuss retrieving the children of Dutch jihadists from Syria and bringing them back to the Netherlands, but only if their parents do not come with them, parliamentarian Dilan Yesilgoz said on television show Pauw. Up until now the party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte always outright refused to negotiate on this topic.
"When it comes to children, that of course also affects me. Especially if they are small children", VVD MP Yesilgoz said on the television program. "They didn't choose this themselves."
Submitted by Janene Pieters on October 15, 2019 - 12:10