Dam Screamer jailed for one year

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A court in Amsterdam has sentenced the so-called Dam Screamer to one year in prison. The 39-year-old disrupted the National Remembrance Day commemoration on 4 May 2010 on Dam Square in the capital, by screaming during a two-minute silence attended by Queen Beatrix.

The man has also been told he cannot enter Dam Square for the next five years nor attend the Remembrance Day.

Panic broke out and many people were injured in the commotion, when Gennaro P., dressed in orthodox Jewish clothes screamed for 4 seconds and pushed people over. He said he had been drinking and was on the square by chance.

The court found that the injuries of members of the public who fell over in the commotion were his fault because the scream led to the panic that ensued. The court acknowledged that people may have been wary because of an attack on the royal family on Queen’s Day 2009.

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