Rotterdam slaps rules on wedding processions after attack on policeman


Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is introducing new rules to cover motorised wedding processions in which a string of cars drive round the city hooting their horns, following the attack on a police officer at the end of last month.

From January, everyone wishing to organise a car procession, a tradition within the Turkish community, will have to register their plans with the city council or face a fine.

‘Wedding processions which register may not drive around in a tight formation and must obey traffic rules,’ Aboutaleb said in a briefing to city councillors. ‘And no roads can be blocked.’

At the end of August, a police officer was beaten up when he tried to stop a wedding procession disrupting traffic and making too much noise, prompting officials to change the rules.

Police are still looking for his attacker and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Four days ago, Rotterdam police broke up another noisy procession which was blocking roads and confiscated a Ferrari because of problems with its paperwork.

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