Night before Queens Day peaceful

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The Dutch authorities report that the night before the Queen’s Day national holiday passed off peacefully in the big cities of Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Amsterdam police say there was absolutely no trouble in the capital on Friday night. In Utrecht, the traditional evening flea market, during which members of the public are allowed to sell things on the street, attracted large numbers of visitors but there were no major incidents.

In The Hague, 175,000 people attended performances as part of the I Live Festival on Friday evening. A festival statement said: “The audience was spread throughout the city. There was a good atmosphere and there were no incidents worth reporting”. The Hague police said there had been a bit of trouble, but nothing worse than during an ordinary weekend.

In Urk, however, 150 youths besieged the mayor’s house, angry at the tight security measures in force in the small town. Police were pelted with stones and bottles and replied with a baton charge. There were some slight injuries and eight youths were arrested.

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