Thousands join Women's Marches in the Netherlands

Thousands join Women’s Marches in the Netherlands

At least 3,000 women, including many Americans, gathered on the Museumplein in Amsterdam for Saturday's anti-Trump demonstration, broadcaster NOS said. Around one thousand women held a similar protest in The Hague. 'Women's Marches' were held in over 600 cities worldwide calling for equal rights for women and to protest at US president Donald Trump's derogatory comments. Kate Imbach, who comes from Boston and lives in Amsterdam, told the Volkskrant: 'Today is about more than women's rights, it is a about human rights.' Amanda Sorensen, who comes from California and also lives in Amsterdam said: 'My hope is that Trump achieves nothing in the next four years. People who voted for him were lied too.' Monnickendam resident Sally Robinson, 67, told the paper: You have to do something... our message is respect, peace and compassion. Climate change is important. Trump thinks it is nonsense. He has no compassion with refugees and migrants. It is shocking how arrogantly he plays people off against each other.' Cathy Alexander (60) from Amstelveen, carrying a placard which said 'a woman's place is in the resistance,' told the Parool she came from Ohio. 'I'm so disappointed Trump won,' she said. 'Sixteen years ago, my husband and I came to the Netherlands when [George] Bush came to power. Back then we said 'we're in exile'. "Viva la vulva." - Amsterdam joined the #WomensMarch today wit some excellent signs. #WomensMarchAMS — Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) January 21, 2017 Latest photo from the #WomensMarch #girlrising #power #Amsterdam — DAPHNE CHANNA HORN (@ikbendaf) January 21, 2017 A solid sign in Amsterdam at the #WomensMarch — Rohan Bhargava (@bhargava_rohan) January 21, 2017 #WomensMarch in Amsterdam today 🌹 This is so beautiful, we are strong together — Susanne (@camilassimba) January 21, 2017 So exciting, inspiring and motivating @lizbernstein - #solidarity #WomensMarch in #TheHague — Diana Eggleston (@EgglestonHague) January 22, 2017 Proud to have marched in #thehague with so many people across the globe for humanity & human rights #WomensMarch #ChooseHumanity — Hana (@Le_anah) January 21, 2017   More >

Blonde women are afraid, says Wilders

Wilders joins far-right parties in attack on EU, Islam and the press PVV leader Geert Wilders joined French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen and several other populist party leaders in what the Guardian described as an 'unprecedented' meeting of European right-wing groups in Koblenz, Germany on Saturday. Wilders, who currently leads in several opinion polls ahead of the March 15 general election, told his audience of several hundred: ‘Yesterday a free America, today Koblenz, and tomorrow a new Europe’. Wilders was the second speaker behind Le Pen and was introduced as ‘the man who has given up his own freedom.’ 'Ordinary people are afraid to speak their minds,' Wilders said, to cheers from his audience. 'Women are afraid. Women with blonde hair are afraid to let it be seen.' The Guardian said the loudest applause came when Wilders told his audience: ‘Europe needs [AfD leader] Frauke, not Angela.’ The meeting was organised by Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, under the slogan ‘Freedom for Europe’. However, when Wilders later described himself as a 'friend of Israel', 'the silence was deafening,' the Volkskrant said. As well as Le Pen and Petry, the meeting was attended by members of Italy’s Northern League, Belgium’s Vlaams Blok and Austria’s FPÖ. All the parties are members of the 'Europe of Nations and Freedoms alliance' in the European parliament. Some Germany journalists were banned by the organisers from reporting on the meeting because they had ‘failed to meet journalistic standards in past reporting’, the Guardian said.  More >

Skating on lakes still too dangerous: KNSB

The ice is not thick enough to skate on lakes, skating union warns The Dutch skating union KNSB on Friday warned skaters to exercise extreme caution before venturing onto frozen lakes and canals to enjoy the winter weather. Despite days of frost, the ice is still not thick enough in most places and several people have already ended up in the freezing water, the KNSB said. 'Skating on open water is still too dangerous,' spokesmann Ramon Kuipers told broadcaster NOS. Instead, people should contact their local ice club and use outdoor rinks, he said. Despite freezing temperatures at night, the ice has barely thickened during the day,  the KNSB's Huub Snoep told the Volkskrant. To make skating on lakes and rivers really safe, at least three nights of -10 degrees is needed, Snoep said. In the coming days the temperature is set to drop to around -5 degrees at night but is likely to be one or two degrees above zero during the day, weather bureau KNMI said. Seven things you need to know about skating in the Netherlands   More >

House prices rise 6.7%

Wilders joins far-right parties in attack on EU, Islam and the press House prices went up by 6.7% in December, compared with a year ago, which was the strongest rise since 2002, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday. In Rotterdam house prices have now outstripped their August 2008 high, the CBS said. Amsterdam and Utrecht broke the pre crisis level earlier. The figures are based on information gathered by the land registry organisation Kadaster. Nearly 214,800 houses changed hands last year in 2016, the highest number ever. Last week, Dutch real estate agency association NVM said house prices in the Netherlands are now almost back at their pre-crisis levels. The average price for a home is now €248,000, which is 20% up on the low point reached in 2013 and just 2% below the record high recorded in August 2008, the NVM said. Offices Meanwhile, property advisory group Dynamis said on Friday that a record volume of empty office space had been converted to housing last year. In total, 750,000 square metres of offices was given a new use and some 92% was turned into homes. The rest became hotels and shops. Arnhem leads the way in conversions, Dynamis said, followed by The Hague, Apeldoorn, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Nieuwegein. So much empty office space has now been turned into housing that only difficult projects on industrial estates remain, Dynamis said.  More >

No role for Dutch courts in EPO row

Wilders joins far-right parties in attack on EU, Islam and the press The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the Dutch courts cannot intervene in problems at the European Patent Office in Rijswijk because the organisation enjoys immunity as an international organisation. The patent office approves patents for all 38 countries which are members and has a workforce of 7,000 spread between the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Belgium. Staff union Suepo, which claims to represent around half the workforce but has not been officially recognised, has been embroiled in a long-running battle with patent office president Benoit Battistelli. Last year, three officials were sacked and three others downgraded and the union has repeatedly criticised Battistelli's authoritarian management style, the NRC reported. Right to strike At the beginning of 2015, The Hague appeal court ruled that the patent office could not limit the right to strike and block emails from union officials and said the union should be recognised. The patent office appealed to the Supreme Court, with the support of the Dutch state, which has now found in its favour. The court said staff at the bureau are properly protected by internal procedures and can also appeal to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld told the NRC before today's ruling that the only option now open is to sue the Dutch state. 'Union rights are being infringed on Dutch soil,' she said. 'Has the state done enough to prevent this? The answer is no.'  More >