Dutch news in brief, 16 June 2005

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Police protest continues, At least 1,000 police officers travelled to The Hague on Thursday to protest in front of the office of their boss, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes. Since 12 June, off-duty officers have mounted a symbolic "blue siege" at the ministry to make their case for better working conditions. The police unions NPB, ACP and VMHP want the minister to come with improved offers in relation to their pre-pension and sick pay entitlements.

Police protest continues

At least 1,000 police officers travelled to The Hague on Thursday to protest in front of the office of their boss, Home Affairs Minister Johan Remkes. Since 12 June, off-duty officers have mounted a symbolic "blue siege" at the ministry to make their case for better working conditions. The police unions NPB, ACP and VMHP want the minister to come with improved offers in relation to their pre-pension and sick pay entitlements.

Sudan firm on aid group charges

The government in Khartoum has denied a claim by Dutchman and UN Representative Jan Pronk that it is about to drop the charges it has levelled against two members of the Doctors Without Borders aid group. The Sudanese government has accused two of the group's members — Dutchman Vincent Hoedt and his British colleague Paul Foreman — of spreading lies in a report about systematic rape of women in the Darfur region. 

More money for weak schools

Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven is considering making extra funds available for schools that have poor academic records. But the minister has told Parliament she does not support the proposal to establish a 'flying squad' of educators that would be assigned to help under-performing schools boost their results.

Chat sites agree safety measures

Several of the largest internet chat sites in the Netherlands have agreed measures in relation to monitoring and sharing information to make it safer for young people to chat in cyberspace. There have been discussions about doing this for a long time but sites were spurred into action after the children's news website, Jeugdjournaal, shut down its chat-box because the only topic of discussion during the chats was about sex. Adults were also using the site to contact underage teens for sex, Jeugdjournaal said.

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