The annual Queen’s Day celebrations passed off peacefully in Saturday’s spring sunshine, with few incidents reported and few arrests.
Some 250,000 people came to Amsterdam by train and the crowd was ‘calm and manageable’, Dutch Rail officials said. In particular, a ban on alcohol on trains and in stations had helped reduce any tension.
At one point part of the Prinsengracht was so full of boats that it had to be closed for a time, Nos television said.
Most events in the capital were over by 20.00 hours, allowing people to go home early. In total, some 150 people were arrested in Amsterdam, mainly for public order offences and being drunk.
In Rotterdam there were 56 arrests overnight, mainly for vandalism, fighting and being drunk in public.
A police spokesman told the Telegraaf that the rules had been made clear in advance. ‘We took a tolerant approach and that had an effect,’ he said. Nevetheless, riot police were involved in breaking up one fight, which resulted in seven arrests.
In Eindhoven and Utrecht it was so busy partygoers were warned to stay away from popular areas, Nos said.
Food inspectors handed out at least 50 warnings to people selling food who were breaking hygiene rules and five foot stalls were given on the spot fines. Most warnings were given for not keeping food at proper temperatures.
The Queen’s Day celebrations followed peaceful ‘Queen’s Night’ partying the night before.
One of the few incidents of the evening took place in the Bible Belt village of Urk, where a large gang of youths assembled at the mayor’s home in protest at his announcement there would be extra alcohol checks. Police were forced to break up a crowd of around 150 youngsters.
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Nos arial footage of Amsterdam
Children’s fun in the Vondelpark
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