Press Review Monday 9 August 2010

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Most of the papers cover Saturday's Gay Pride Parade in Amsterdam although readers aren't treated to photos of fabulous floats and costumes; all the best photographs are on the websites these days.

It's a shame really; it always made for a really lively read on the Monday following the parade. However, because football season opened this past weekend, readers are still treated to lots of photographs of very fit blokes in shorts.

Party with a dash of politics: Gay Pride Parade AD has the best photographs from Saturday's Canal Parade, including photos of divas wearing feathers, sequins, tiaras and five-inch eyelashes, blokes in shorts, famous Dutch people and extravagantly-dressed people lining the sides of the canal watching the boats go past.   AD reports that the horrible weather kept many people at home this year and just 380,000 people lined Amsterdam's Prinsengracht canal to watch the parade. The paper says there were more boats with a political message this time around and focuses on the Jewish lesbian and gay boat, organised by Amsterdam's very liberal Beit HaChidush congregation. Yaron tells the paper, "We're Jewish and queer; we're twice blessed".   The organiser, Jelle Zijlstra tells AD, "There's been a marked increase in homophobia and anti-Semitism over the last few years but it's certainly not down to Muslims, it's coming from all segments of Dutch society". He adds, "Our message is Shalom, peace".  

Wilders' planned Ground Zero speech infuriates CDA The news that Geert Wilders, leader of the far-right PVV, is planning to give an address at Ground Zero in New York on 9/11 has infuriated many Christian Democrats. De Volkskrant reports that "influential" CDA senator Hans Hillen, in a radio interview on Saturday, said, "Wilders' speech opposing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is very risky for the Netherlands".

Negotiations for a minority VVD/CDA cabinet supported by the PVV are currently underway. Negotiations leader Ivo Opstelten estimates that the talks will take three weeks. If they succeed, Mr Wilders will be a de facto member of the Dutch government when he makes his speech at Ground Zero on behalf of the US organisation Stop Islamisation of America.   According to Trouw, Senator Hillen says that although Mr Wilders and the PVV aren't official members of the coalition, "Mr Wilders still carries governmental responsibility and this means that he must always take the interests of the government and the country into consideration".   AD prints Geert Wilders’ tweet in reply to the senator's radio interview, "and to Hans Hillen, I say, get used to it". How very statesmanlike of him.  

Dutch Nazi could face prosecution De Volkskrant reports that Klaas Carel Faber, a Dutch Nazi convicted of war crimes during the Second World War, may yet face prosecution. Faber, who lives in Bavaria in Germany, was a member of the Waffen SS and the Feldmeijer Sonderkommando during the war. His unit murdered Dutch civilians in retaliation for resistance attacks on the German occupation forces.

In 1947, a Dutch court convicted Faber of 11 murders and war crimes and he was sentenced to death. A year later, the sentence was commuted to life in prison but in 1952 he escaped from prison and fled to Germany and took out citizenship.   The paper reports that German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has ordered Bavaria's public prosecutor's office to investigate whether it is possible to prosecute Faber. The justice minister's move comes after a precedent-setting trial of another Dutch war criminal who also fled to Germany just after the war.   Earlier this year, Heinrich Boere, who also served with the Feldmeijer Sonderkommando, was convicted of war crimes by a court in the town of Aken.  

Town shocked by baby murders Last week, the bodies of four infants were discovered in an attic in the Friesian village of Nij Beets and the story is continuing to make headlines. On Friday, police arrested a 25-year-old woman and charged her with infanticide. Most of today's coverage focuses on the effect the shocking murders have had on residents of this small village.

The mayor of the district tells AD, "Nobody is angry, everyone is deeply concerned about the family". The paper says the family has the support of the entire community and one villager says, "They're still welcome here".   Trouw reports that people in Nij Beets are having trouble trying to understand how this could happen and why nobody knew that the woman had had four pregnancies. "It's terrible, the village is in shock," says one resident.  

Football season opens The Dutch football season kicked off over the weekend and several papers have photographs of footballers on the front page and De Telegraaf, de Volkskrant and AD all fill their sports sections with football, football and more football.

De Volkskrant lines up all the new additions to the Dutch Premier League, but AD and De Telegraaf have extensive coverage of all the matches. Neither paper dares to predict who will win the Premier League title this year, but De Telegraaf does report that one Dutchman has won a title this year: Arjen Robben was chosen as player of the year by a German sports magazine.

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