Liberation Day celebrated nationwide

Some 750,000 people are expected to attend Liberation Day ceremonies and festivals today as the Netherlands celebrates the end of World War Two.

The traditional liberation flame (bevrijdingsvuur) was picked up in Wageningen at midnight and will be taken by a team of runners, cyclists and inline skaters to some 80 Liberation Day festivals around the country, news agency ANP reports. The German occupiers negotiated their surrender in the Gelderland town.
In many parts of the country regional bus services will be free as drivers continue their campaign for higher pay. Drivers are campaigning for a 3.5% pay rise and 0.5% rise in their end-of-year bonus.

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