This 2016 Dutch video is about 5 years ago: [9 April 2011] PVV [Geert Wilders’ xenophobic political party] supporter Tristan van der Vlis shot 7 people dead, including Tristan himself. He had injured sixteen other people.
Court of Appeal: police are liable for mass shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn
The police are liable for personal injury and death caused by the mass shooting in a shopping center in Alphen aan den Rijn, in April 2011. The Court of Appeal in The Hague decided that after the district court had reached a different conclusion. They had found that the police were not liable, though they had made mistakes.
Victims and surviving relatives blame the police for having granted a gun permit to Van der Vlis in 2008. He had psychological problems and therefore he should never have received that permit, they reason.
Mr Van der Vlis was a gun club member and had licenses to own five firearms legally.
Why could such an apparently emotionally unstable dangerous individual have licenses to own firearms? To know the answer to this, we have to look at Dutch gun clubs in historical perspective.
November 1918. In Russia there is revolution. In Germany, the emperor flees to the Netherlands. Other monarchs fall.
Pieter Jelles Troelstra, the Dutch Social Democrat leader, and David Wijnkoop, leader of what would become the Dutch Communist Party, then proclaimed revolution. To counter this, counter-revolutionary paramilitary forces, the “Burgerwacht” were founded. To recruit for these forces, the emphasis was on love for the monarchy (even among non-socialists, love for the royal family was mostly stronger than for the capitalist economic order). One of the commanders of those Burgerwacht forces was Baron van Ittersum, a relative of royal lady in waiting, Baroness Elise van Ittersum.
Later, in January 1923, the first Dutch fascist party was founded by admirers of Mussolini: the Verbond van Actualisten, VVA. When, in July 1925, this party participated in the Dutch general election, a parliamentary candidate was Baron van Ittersum, a contact of other fascists who had been in the Burgerwacht under him.
After the attempts at Left revolution of 1918 had failed, the Dutch government made it illegal for people with “revolutionary views” to become members of gun clubs. This meant exclusion of social democrats, communists, anarchists, etc. That law is still valid today.
On the other hand, the law on gun clubs said nothing about banning violent counter-revolutionary people. So, supporters of Mussolini, Hitler, and later dictatorships like the Greek colonels or Pinochet in Chile were and are welcome as rifle club members.
In the nineteen-eighties and nineties, there was the neo-fascist “Centrumdemocraten” party in the Netherlands. They had their own gun club.
Today’s NOS report continues:
The district court ruled that the police acted negligently, but “the rule that police must be careful when making such a decision does not intend to protect against damage that the plaintiffs have suffered”.
The Court of Appeal disagrees with that and states that this standard of due care is indeed meant to protect citizens against the harmful consequences of the abuse of a gun permit. Because the damage was not directly caused by the granting of the permit, the court limits itself to awarding injury and death damages; material damage to, for example, the stores is not reimbursed.
And we did see wild birds, not officially included in the 1800 number: hundreds of jackdaws flying together. Two grey herons trying to catch fish when the Humboldt penguins were fed. A chiffchaff singing. A blackbird. And free flying white storks raising their chicks on the artificial nests of their Avifauna colony.
There are wooden bird sculptures on the tops of signposts in Avifauna. And also this wooden kingfisher on a bridge. The photos in this blog post are all made with a mobile phone.
Three times a day, there is a bird free flight demo in Avifauna.
In the Netherlands, there are scandals about trade in wild birds, especially raptors and owls. Some of these birds are used in commercial bird shows. The birds are then driven around all over the country in small cages in vans. During the shows, eagles, owls, vultures, falcons and other birds are on short leashes. Basically, the show bosses don’t tell their audiences anything about the birds during the shows.
The Avifauna free flight demos are different from this. They are three times a day during the summer months.
Each show is with different birds. In the morning, a red kite participated.
I saw the demo in the early afternoon, along with hundreds of others on the bleachers near the pond. With some of the birds in these two videos, but not all of them; and with other birds as well.
This video is called Avifauna / Bird free flight demo part 1.
Then, a white-throated magpie-jay. Three children on the bleachers got three sticks. The jay landed on the children’s arms, took the sticks, and brought them to a nest under construction near the pond.
Then, a five-year-old Steller’s sea eagle. It flew across the pond several times; as there was meat on tree trunks on both banks. As the eagle flew across the pond, the local moorhen kept swimming, undisturbedly.
At the entrance of the building, people can buy small cups of nectar. Inside, the birds will sit down on people’s arms and shoulders to drink the nectar.
The lorikeet on this photo took a deep bow to reach the nectar.
One of the world’s most colorful parrots and a familiar resident of zoos and aviaries worldwide, the rainbow lorikeet is a stunning bird with a wide range of subspecies that show just as much variation in their colors as the bird has in its rainbow-hued feathers: here.