Dutch news in brief, 31 August 2005

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Port workers demonstrate in The Hague

Port workers demonstrate in The Hague

A group of 200 port workers blocked the Utrechtse Baan highway in The Hague for a short time on Wednesday. Riot police were called in to remove the protestors, the police said. More than 1,000 port workers went to parliament buildings in The Hague to protest against the cancelling of an international agreement that ensures unemployed port workers get priority for job vacancies in the sector. Some of the protestors watched MPs debate the issue in parliament.

Smoke over the city

Thick clouds of smoke hung over the centre of The Hague on Wednesday afternoon following a a fire at a car breaker's yard on the Komeetweg. The blaze started at about 3pm.

Footballer struck by lightning dies

A man, 20, who was struck by lightning during a football match in Zeeland Province last week, died in hospital on 30 August, the police confirmed. The player for Kloetinge Football Club's second eleven was hit by the bolt of lightning during a championship match against Wolfaartsdijk Football Club. A 35-year-old woman from Walsoorden in Zeeland died earlier in August when she was struck by lightning while walking her dog. Meteorological agency KNMI said an average of three people a year were hit by lightning annually in the Netherlands. It is best to avoid water, open areas and places were a lot of iron is present during thunder storms.

Train hits debris left on tracks

A train struck a pile of stones and iron objects left by vandals on tracks between Almelo-De Riet and Borne last night. The train was not derailed and there were no reports of injuries. The signalling system on the train line was disrupted by an iron wire the vandals threw over the power lines. A spokesperson for track manager ProRail said this is the second time in two weeks that an iron wire has been thrown over power lines.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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