Dutch join silent tribute to London victims
14 July 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands stood still for two minutes at 1pm on Thursday to coincide with the silent tribute in the UK for the victims of the London bombings last week.
14 July 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands stood still for two minutes at 1pm on Thursday to coincide with the silent tribute in the UK for the victims of the London bombings last week.
Public transport across the Netherlands came to a halt and work ceased at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and the country's other airports during the commemoration.
Passengers were asked via public address systems to remain silent for the two minutes.
Dutch flags at all government buildings flew at half-mast throughout the day and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks during a special ceremony at the British embassy in The Hague.
Traders at the stock exchange in Amsterdam also stopped work at 1pm but the computers continued to track dealing on the international markets.
The organisation representing mosques in the Amsterdam region (UNMAO) and the Federation of Islamic Organisations in the Netherlands (FION) had called on all mosques and Muslims to take part in tribute.
The main trade union confederations also called on the Dutch labour force to observe the two minute silence.
Other countries, including Belgium and Spain, observed the silence as well.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news