Protest over identity law begins

28th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Demonstrators gathered outside Utrecht courthouse on Wednesday morning as a landmark case began in relation to the law obliging everyone to carry official identification at all times.

28 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — Demonstrators gathered outside Utrecht courthouse on Wednesday morning as a landmark case began in relation to the law obliging everyone to carry official identification at all times.

Prosecutors are taking legal action against 250 people who have refused on principle to pay fines for failing to produce identification when stopped by the police. The identification law came into force on 1 January 2005.

The demonstration outside the court was organised by action group Meldpunt Misbruik Identificatieplicht. The activists claim that the ID law is an unnecessary violation of the individual's rights.

But the protest was lessened by the fact two thirds of the defendants failed to turn up to the court and were automatically fined EUR 60.

So far 50,000 people have been issued with fines for breaching the law. Most were stopped by police in relation to other infractions, including road traffic offences.

The form of acceptable identification depends both on the situation and on your nationality. In general, accepted identification is defined as: a valid passport, Dutch or European ID card, or residence permit. In some cases, but not all, a valid Dutch driver's license will do.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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