Dutch news in brief, 27 February 2006

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Vandals damage level crossings

Vandals damage level crossings

Train services between Heerhugowaard and Anna Paulowna were severely disrupted on Monday morning after vandals damaged several level crossings in the area during the night, network manager ProRail said. The vandals destroyed the batteries that power the barriers at five crossing points and they also cut vital cables. The damage disrupted the operation of 22 other points as all level crossings are linked. Both trains and cars had to slow to a snail’s pace to pass through the level crossings safely.

Police chase through 3 provinces

Police in the province of Flevoland chased a car containing a suspected gang of thieves all the way to the border of Drenthe on Sunday. The incident began as four men from Amsterdam were allegedly interrupted while stealing computers in the town of Emmeloord in Flevoland. Local officers received assistance from their colleagues in Friesland and Drenthe. The suspects threw computers from their car before it crashed near the town of Havelte. The men ran off on foot but were captured and taken to a police station in Lelystad.

Shiites protest in The Hague

A few hundred Shiite Muslims held a demonstration in The Hague on Sunday against the destruction of the mosque in Samarra, Iraq last week and terrorism in general. The mosque is one of the most important shrines in Shiite Islam as the remains of the 10th and 11th imams of Shiite Islam, Imam Ali al-Hadi and Imam Hassan al-Askari, are buried there. The peaceful protest in The Hague was organised by the Shiite community in the Netherlands. The participants, some carrying portraits of the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, shouted "there is no God, but Allah", "stop terrorism" and "we want peace". The protesters indicated they were totally opposed to the revenge attacks carried out against Sunni Muslims following the bombing of the mosque.

Fewer deaths on Sundays

Fewer people die in the Netherlands on Sunday than any other day of the week, according to figures published by Statistics Netherlands. The organisation said the lower mortality rate was mainly due to the fact risky operations are not carried out in hospitals on Sundays. An average of 366 people died on Sundays from 2000 to 2005. This is on average 14 fewer than on other days.

Gretta claims her phone is tapped

Gretta Duisenberg, the wife of the late European Central Bank president Wim Duisenberg, claimed in an interview in newspaper 'De Volkskrant' that the Dutch security service AIVD is tapping her phone calls. Gretta Duisenberg said she will shortly lodge a complaint with the authorities. She said the AIVD wants to know more about her contacts with Palestinian groups.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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