Dutch policemen prosecuted for killing Aruban Mitch Henriquez


People in The Hague mourn Mitch Henriquez

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Two policemen prosecuted for death of Mitch Henriquez [in The Hague in the Netherlands]

Today, 12:01

Two of the five police officers involved in the arrest of Mitch Henriquez will be prosecuted. The public prosecutor announced that this morning.

The two policemen are suspected of abuse causing a person’s death. They are also charged with manslaughter. The public prosecutor says the policemen did not intend to kill Mitch Henriquez, but they have used too much violence.

One of them did a chokehold, while the other one hit Henriquez on the nose and used pepper spray. The 42-year-old Aruban died by suffocation. …

The prosecution service concluded earlier that Henriquez was killed by police brutality. He had not been using drugs and did not drink too much. The police have suspended the five officers involved after the incident. The internal investigation about these police officers is still ongoing.

Surviving relatives of Henriquez called this summer for clarity. They thought that the prosecution decision took far too long to materialize.

How Mitch Henriquez' relatives see his death

This Dutch language infographic shows how Mitch Henriquez’ relatives see his death.

Rare spiny water nymph in The Hague city center


Spiny water nymph

Dutch warden Casper Zuyderduyn reports today that a rare water plant has been discovered in the big pond of Haagse Bos woodland, in the center of The Hague city.

It is spiny water nymph. In South Holland province, that species so far had only been known from Meijendel, the Nieuwkoopse Plassen and a few places near Rotterdam.

The Hague Ockenburgh nature reserve, video


This 29 April 2016 video from the Netherlands is about Ockenburgh nature reserve in The Hague.

It shows ants, a blue tit, a great spotted woodpecker and common bluebell flowers.

in Ockenburgh estate, ring-necked parakeets nested for the first time in the Netherlands. From there, they spread to elsewhere.

Dutch museum buys seventeenth century painting


Part of Still Life of Vase with Flowers in a Stone Alcove

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht bought a painting by the 17th century painter Roelant Savery. Still Life of Vase with Flowers in a Stone Alcove (from 1615) has cost 6.5 million euros.

According to the director of the museum before the TEFAF it was already known that the painting would be offered for sale. By acting quickly two other buyers were trumped says the museum. “We are very pleased that we were able to buy the rare painting.” …

The painting came from a private collection and had for a long time not been seen in public.

The Roelant Savery painting will hang at the end of this month, just before Easter, in the Mauritshuis.

Syrian refugee footballer sees professional match again


Ramy Guneat at international women's match The Netherlands-Switzerland, photo by Lieke Lamb

Translated from Dutch daily Metro:

Tears of happiness of refugee professional soccer player in ADO stadium

March 3, 2016 at 11:53 by Johan van Boven

The lighting columns, the stands, the cheering fans, the pitch, the players and the rolling ball. Ramy Guneat could not stop himself from crying this Wednesday because of the atmosphere in the stadium of ADO in The Hague. Tears of happiness, says the 29-year-old refugee from Syria who attended the match between the Dutch women’s football team and Switzerland.

That was a match for qualification for the Olympic Games football in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Netherlands won the match, four goals against three.

The civil war in his homeland ended his career as a professional footballer. Guneat was under contract with AL-Karamah SC, a big club from his hometown Homs. “But two years ago the situation was so bad that I wanted nothing more than to escape,” he said in English, plus the occasional few words in Dutch. “Explosions everywhere. Also the area around our stadium was hit severely”.

Boat

So Guneat left his family and crossed the border to Turkey, where he crossed on a small boat to Greece. He then embarked on a long journey to the Netherlands. He points his finger to the palm of his hand, which serves as the map of Europe. “First I went to Macedonia, then to Serbia and Hungary. Eventually I came here, which is now about five months ago.”

Large parts of the route he traveled on foot, interspersed with bus rides. “I was on my way never really afraid, starvation was the worst. Hungary was not a nice country, the people there were very unfriendly. Very bad! Many people were angry at us and the police have arrested a number of refugees and thrown them in jail. When that happened, we stood together as a group. I was lucky that I was somewhere in the middle of that group, otherwise they would have jailed me.”

Emergency shelter

In the Netherlands, he arrived in the reception center in Haarlem, now he is staying in an emergency shelter in Duinrell. There he must wait until he gets refugee status and then again relocate to a refugee center elsewhere in the country.

Besides Guneat stands Lieke Lamb. She teaches in Duinrell Dutch lessons to refugees and had a spare ticket for the match Switzerland-The Netherlands (3-4) in the stadium of ADO Den Haag. “I knew that one of my students had a friend who in Syria used to be a professional footballer. So I asked Ramy whether he would like to go to a women’s football match.”…

He starts to laugh. “I really liked it, especially the number 10 I think was very good,” he refers to [Dutch international player] Danielle van de Donk. “Yet it also hurts a little to see people kick a ball.” He himself has not played any game for two years. At least not at the professional level.

He begins to swipe busily on his phone. Guneat conjures pictures and videos of a football match between a team of refugees and the amateurs of Blauw Zwart. “That was last week in Wassenaar. Look, this is when we played a match in the stadium of HFC Haarlem. Do you see the number 14? That’s me!”

In the Netherlands, he would prefer to find a job in the sports sector. But his biggest dream is to return to a peaceful Syria. “Then I will be able to play football again for my club.”

How Soccer Without Borders can help young refugees and immigrants adjust: here.

Fahd Saleh: Syrian goalkeeper rebuilding his life and career as a refugee in England: here.

From the Spanish civil war to today’s Calais crisis, clubs and fans have a history of support for those fleeing war, says STEVE SWEENEY: here.

As growing numbers of refugees flee imperialist wars in the Middle East, the EU is preparing draconian attacks on democratic rights to prevent them from coming to Europe: here.

The commander of NATO armed forces said Tuesday that Russia, Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were using the refugees streaming out of Syria into Europe as weapons against European countries. Using more restrained language than Donald Trump or European neo-fascists attacking refugees from Syria, US General Philip Breedlove voiced a similar opinion, declaring, “Europe faces the daunting challenge of mass migration spurred by state instability and state collapse, a migration that masks the movement of criminals, terrorists, and foreign fighters”: here.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought to justify her policy of erecting new walls around “Fortress Europe” with humanitarian phrases—most recently in a Sunday talk show. On Tuesday, she adopted a very different tone. At a press conference with Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković in Berlin, she commented on the refugee crisis in Greece and the Balkans with the brutality associated with Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer, or officials of the nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany): here.

‘Stop nazi pseudo-historian David Irving in The Hague’


This video from the USA is called David Irving Holocaust Denier – Nazi Gets Shouted Down – Kansas City ANTIFA – March 25, 2014.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

CIDI against lecture by holocaust denier

Today, 11:59

CIDI calls on all libraries and hall rental companies in The Hague to offer no platform for British author and holocaust denier David Irving (born in 1938). The controversial author of books on World War II wants this Thursday to lecture in The Hague, on the day that the Netherlands remembers the February strike on 25 and February 26, 1941, this year seventy-five years ago. Then part of the Netherlands went on strike during the German occupation in protest against the deportation of Dutch Jews.

It is not mentioned on Irving’s website where he will do the lecture.

‘Semi-scientific’

According to the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel, which inter alia, represents the interests of Dutch Jews, Irving should not be given an opportunity to speak in public, because of his “semi-scientific,

The CIDI’s expression ‘semi-scientific’ is much too charitable for the lying nazi Irving; as it might imply only 50% of his statements are lies.

anti-Semitic and homophobic statements” and his denial of the Holocaust.

“This man has been expelled from several countries and was imprisoned because of his Holocaust denial in Austria,” says CIDI director Hanna Luden. “When he wanted to speak once in Amsterdam, Mayor Van der Laan banned him. We think it is just as harmful and sick when he comes to the Hague.”

Irving’s lecture is entitled “Hitler, Himmler and the homosexuals“. The historian

rather: pseudo-historian

also plans to give the same lecture in “his favorite British, Belgian and German towns”, says the website.

Dutch medieval counts ate swans and godwits


This video shows black-tailed godwits and marsh sandpipers.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heron bones, skeletons and child soldier‘s button lay bare Counts’ Courtyard

Today, 16:29

When the counts and countesses [of the medieval county Holland] of the house ‘Die Haghe’ – the current Binnenhof – ate, swans, herons and black-tailed godwits were on the menu. Already in the 12th century there was skating on the Hofvijver. And right next to the existing tram line #1 Stadtholder Prince Maurice in 1620 had a pleasure garden built to find relaxation behind a brick wall with his mistresses.

These are just some suggestive facts from the book Het grafelijke en stadhouderlijke hof Den Haag [The counts’ and stadtholders‘ court in The Hague], which was presented today. The archeology department in The Hague has summarized 300 years of archaeological excavations and that gives a very detailed picture of life around the historic Courtyard, where Count Floris IV about 1230 founded the court Die Haghe. …

One of the most beautiful discoveries according to [archaeologist] Van Veen is a cuff button of a child soldier from the time of [King of Holland, 1806-1810] Louis Bonaparte. Around 1806 boys of about nine years were taken from the orphanages to fight. On the Malieveld field they were taught to handle weapons.