Over 200 people were arrested during the annual Queen’s Day celebrations, news agency ANP reports on Thursday.
In Amsterdam, police made over 100 arrests, mainly for fighting and assault. Up to 600,000 partygoers headed for the capital. Top event was the Radio 538 concerts on the Museumplein, which attracted an estimated 200,000 people for performances by Kane, Anouk, Krezip and Alain Clark.
Street cleaners were working overtime to clear up the mounds of rubbish left behind by party-goers. By Thursday midday, some 300 tons of waste had been cleared up.
In Rotterdam around 100 people were arrested as well. Police said most had been picked up for urinating in public places, public drunkenness, assault and vandalism.
In Arnhem, 26 people were arrested for public order offences and drugs. News agency ANP said the city was ‘extremely busy’ during the festivities. And in Utrecht, 10 people were arrested after a row in a cafe escalated into a fight.
In Eindhoven police urged people to stop arriving in the city after around 100,000 jammed into the city centre.
The royal family spent the day in the Friesian towns of Makkum and Franeker. Queen Beatrix delighted the crowds by thanking them in Friesian with the words ‘tige tank’.
For the NOS tv report on the queen’s visit click here
For the NOS tv report on the celebrations nationwide click here
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