Stampede at Dutch war memorial service
A panic broke out at a Dutch war memorial service in central Amsterdam, setting off a stampede that injured at least 30 people and prompted bodyguards to evacuate the royal family.
The incident came just over one year after an assassination attempt against Queen Beatrix.
A man began to yell during a moment of silence during the annual service to memorialise the nation’s war dead. Someone then reportedly discovered a suspicious suitcase, and several people were trampled in the resulting panic. Two people have been arrested in conjunction with the incident, police said.
The royal family later returned to the scene, and the ceremony was completed without further incident.
Security scare disrupts Dutch war memorial tribute
AMSTERDAM – Around 30 people were injured and the Dutch queen was briefly rushed to safety Tuesday when a screaming man with an Orthodox Jewish appearance caused panic among thousands of visitors at the country’s annual ceremony honoring World War II victims.
Security officers hustled Queen Beatrix away during the incident on Amsterdam’s Dam Square, but the Dutch monarch returned within minutes and the ceremony continued.
Police Commissioner Bernard Welten said the 39-year-old man, whose name was not released, appeared "confused" — a term Dutch police use to indicate a suspect may have psychological problems.
Ein Jahr nach dem blutigen Attentatsversuch auf die niederländische Königin Beatrix ist an diesem Dienstagabend bei einer Gedenkveranstaltung mit der Monarchin in Amsterdam eine Panik ausgebrochen. Mindestens 30 Menschen seien verletzt worden, teilte Ministerpräsident Jan Peter Balkenende mit. Die königliche Familie wurde vorübergehend in Sicherheit gebracht. Nach Polizeiangaben wurden zwei Verdächtige festgenommen.
Dutch royals in security scare a year after failed attack
THE HAGUE – Dozens of people were injured in a stampede Tuesday at a Second World War commemoration in Amsterdam after which two men were arrested, media reports said.
The NOS public broadcaster showed footage of crowds scattering in panic, screaming as they fled from an unidentifiable threat on the Dam square during a two-minute moment of silence observed from 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) at the annual commemoration of the dead.
Queen Beatrix and members of her family were shown being hustled to safety as police tried to restore order and emergency staff assisted the injured.
The broadcaster reported that dozens of people were hurt, many suffering broken bones as they were pushed into barricades.