Dutch news in brief, 18 May 2005

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Greenpeace protest at nuclear plant

Greenpeace protest at nuclear plant

About 30 Greenpeace activists occupied the grounds of the Borssele nuclear power station on Wednesday to demonstrate the plant can never be a 100 percent secure. Dressed as yellow radioactive waste containers, the protestors left the grounds voluntarily, but eight of them were detained for having climbed onto the containment dome. The government is expected to decide the fate of the nuclear plant at the end of the year.

Wage costs hit Dutch competitiveness

Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm said on Wednesday that high wage costs meant the Netherlands could not fully capitalise on strong world trade last year. Consequently, Dutch competitiveness worsened further in contrast to expectations. The minister was writing in the government's financial annual report for 2004.

Uzbek travellers lose cover

The Dutch traveller's damages fund Calamiteitenfonds said on Wednesday that travel in Uzbekistan will no longer be covered. It means any damages incurred while travelling in Uzbekistan will not be compensated. The public can still cancel planned trips without associated expenses. The announcement comes amid reports that Uzbek troops shot dead hundreds of protesters last week. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has called for an independent investigation.

Controversy over school play

A theatre production for children in Hengelo ended in controversy on Wednesday after 125 pupils were removed from the hall due to the use of coarse language. The play was called 'The filthiest and dirtiest sandwich in the entire universe' and was performed by theatre group Artemis of Den Bosch. The director of De Telgenkamp primary school said the play included cursing and was also about tongue kissing. Several pupils started crying and the director said the play was absolutely not appropriate for pupils aged six.

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