A relatively peaceful New Year
2 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Celebrations for the New Year passed off relatively peacefully, but not quietly, as the Dutch public welcomed 2006 with dazzling fireworks and impromptu street parties.
2 January 2006
AMSTERDAM — Celebrations for the New Year passed off relatively peacefully, but not quietly, as the Dutch public welcomed 2006 with dazzling fireworks and impromptu street parties.
There was a festive atmosphere on Dam Square in central Amsterdam as 25,000 to 30,000 people ushered in the New Year with fireworks. Fire fighters were called out 300 times in the capital and one person died in a fire at a squat on the 1e Constantijn Huijgensstraat.
Most other medical incidents in Amsterdam related to over indulgence with drugs or alcohol.
A 47-year-old man was stabbed to death with a gardening fork during a row between two families in Roosendaal. The father of one of three suspects died of an apparent heart attack shortly afterwards. The police arrested two brothers, 24 and 19, and their cousin, 21, in relation to the stabbing.
And in Rotterdam, a 24-year-old man died after being shot several times during a fight at a party centre at about 6am. Two police officers on routine patrol arrested a 22-year-old man moments after the shooting.
Rotterdam police said there was a "lot of aggression" during the New Year's celebrations and 100 people were arrested for a range of offences, including arson, assault, threatening behaviour and weapon possession.
Police in The Hague arrested 150 people for offences including arson, vandalism and possession of illegal fireworks. The authorities described the situation as a "manageable New Year celebration" with few serious incidents.
A man, 44, in Eindhoven died when he was hit in the face by a firework. The police received several dozen reports from around the country about people being injured by fireworks.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news