Dutch news in brief, 22 July 2004

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Decline in mosque attendance, Muslims in the Netherlands are becoming less committed in practicing their religion, a new report has suggested. In recent times, there has been a sharp drop in attendance at Mosques in the Netherlands, the Dutch government's social and cultural plan bureau (SCP) said Thursday. The drop related to Muslims in the Turkish and Moroccan communities in the Netherlands, the SCP said. Some 44 percent of Turks and 38 percent of Moroccans attended a mosque regularly. In 2002, attendan

Decline in mosque attendance

Muslims in the Netherlands are becoming less committed in practicing their religion, a new report has suggested. In recent times, there has been a sharp drop in attendance at Mosques in the Netherlands, the Dutch government's social and cultural plan bureau (SCP) said Thursday. The drop related to Muslims in the Turkish and Moroccan communities in the Netherlands, the SCP said.  Some 44 percent of Turks and 38 percent of Moroccans attended a mosque regularly. In 2002, attendance had fallen to 35 and 28 percent respectively. The SCP said young people and highly educated and integrated Muslims were the main groups who placed less emphasis on Islam in their daily lives, newspaper De Volkskrant reported.

Forgers turn from dollar to the euro

International money forgers are making the switch from manufacturing US dollars to the euros, the Europol said Thursday. The European Union police agency, which is based in The Hague, said police raided 10 large printing and two coin minting operations where fake euros were being produced in the first half of this year. Newspaper De Telegraaf said this was noteworthy as generally it is considered dollars are easier to forge than euros. Central banks in Europe also detected fewer forged euro notes so far this year compared with the second half of 2003 when 312,000 false notes were removed from circulation. So far this year, 307,000 have been seized.

Ecstasy pills stronger in 2003

Samples of the illegal party drug ecstasy seized in 2003 were found to contain ingredients that doubled or even quadrupled the strength of the active ingredient, the Dutch addiction centre Trimbos warned Thursday based on the study of 5,000 pills. The centre said the rise in the potency of the pills was worrying as users ran a higher risk of overdosing and suffering brain damage. But Trimbos noted the increasing supply of stronger pills had not led to a more users complaining of health problems.

Boys used live rabbit as a football

Two young brothers in Zeist were caught by a neighbour using a live rabbit as a football, news agency Novum reported Thursday. The boys had wrapped the pet in a towel and were using it as a ball when the woman intervened and saved the rabbit. She went to the boys' mother and told her to take better care of the animal or she would confiscate it. The culprit's mother allegedly shrugged her shoulders. The neighbour brought the rabbit to a vet where it was found to have serious injuries and was confused. The animal is now in care.

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