Dutch news in brief, 10 August 2004

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'Arson deaths' might have been a mistake

'Arson deaths' might have been a mistake

The suspected arson attack at an Eindhoven home in which two boys died on Sunday morning could have been a mistake. Family and neighbours suspect that the culprits might have mistaken the boys' home for their male neighbour's residence. It is also feared the fire was a racist attack on the family, which is of Turkish origin. Two men aged 23 and 31 were arrested Sunday and a 22-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were arrested on Tuesday and the parents of the two boys are being treated in hospital for various injuries. They had tried in vain to rescue the eight and 14-year-old boys.

New political party forced to change name

The Council of State has banned the Netherlands' newest political party from calling itself Transparent Netherlands, ruling that it creates the impression it is part of the anti-European fraud party Transparent Europe. The council's ruling overruled a decision by the Electorate Council giving the party name the all clear. European Parliament Member and founder of Transparent Europe Paul van Buitenen had demanded that the electoral council scrap the name Transparent Netherlands. He does not want his party — which debuted at the June European elections and won 2 European Parliament seats after gaining  7.3 percent of the Dutch vote — associated with Transparent Netherlands, which is campaigning for government finance accountability. Van Buitenen won his appeal in the Council of State on Tuesday.
Dutch skin bank supplying Belgian explosion victims

Belgian burns units in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent have asked the Huidbank (Skin Bank) of the Nederlandse Brandwondenstichting (Dutch Burns Foundation) to again supply donor skin for the victims of the recent gas explosion in Ghislenghien. The explosion on 30 July left 18 people dead and about 100 people were injured. Soon after the disaster, Belgian burns units appealed for skin donations, requiring in total 40,000sq cm of skin.  The Dutch skin bank is the largest in Europe because those in other European countries are not linked to hospitals.

Helicopters called in to fight fires

The Dutch air force used two Chinook transport helicopters to North Holland on Tuesday to help in the fight against fires that have raged in sand dunes between Beverwijk and Castricum since Monday. Fire brigade authorities suspect arson to be the cause of the blaze. As firefighters battle the blazes on the ground, the helicopters scooped up almost 10,000lr of water at a time from North Sea water to dump on the fire fronts.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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