Security tightened for remembrance ceremony

4th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Extra security measures for the remembrance ceremony at Dam Square include less space for spectators to move freely.

AMSTERDAM – Security measures for the remembrance ceremony at Dam Square in Amsterdam Monday have been tightened resulting in less space for spectators to move around freely as compared to previous years, reports Dutch press agency ANP.

The extra security measures have been implemented following a failed attack on the royal family on Queen’s Day which resulted in the deaths of six onlookers at a parade.

Monday is the first public appearance of Queen Beatrix, crown prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima after the attack. They will take part in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Dam war memorial.

The "open character" of the ceremony will remain intact, stressed Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen.

A spokesperson for the mayor said earlier that some of the extra security measures will be visible and others will be less obvious.

The wreath laying will be preceded by a service in the New Church on Dam Square, where cabaret artist Wim de Bie is due to speak.

On Dam Square, 18-year-old Manon Slob, winner of a poetry competition for the occasion, will recite her poem "Again and again".

On Tuesday the Queen will attend the annual Liberation concert on the river Amstel. Liberation Day celebrations will be toned down out of respect for the Queen's Day victims.

The National Committee for 4 and 5 May said the attack has thrown a shadow over the commemoration of the war dead and the Liberation Day celebrations. Nevertheless they expect more people will feel the need to come together.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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