Dutch police are planning to call in mobile units from neighboring countries, Belgium and Germany. These can be deployed under the direction of the National Police in further riots, Police Chief Willem Woelers added on Tuesday evening. 1.
Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus said in this broadcast that the ME is being expanded. Indeed, in recent days, it has become evident that there was a strong demand for deployment by the ME, while it could not be everywhere at the same time.
Mayor Jack Mikkers of Den Bosch announced on Monday evening, after rioters destroyed and looted his town, that he was conducting an independent investigation into the deployment of the police and mobile unit (ME). He said it took a long time to be available to help with the riots.
According to Mikkers, the ME was also active in other cities, such as Helmond, Oss and Eindhoven. As a result, Den Bosch had to wait.
Woeleners said 1 this was already intensified on Tuesday, but we are also studying whether aid from abroad is possible. He pointed out that Dutch ME units sometimes also operate abroad.
Football fans wanted to help the police
Several groups of football club supporters offered to contact the police on Tuesday evening help in securing their cities.
Grapperhaus says Tuesday 1 appreciate the fact that citizens speak out against riots and looting, but underline that the task of maintaining order falls to the police and the military police. “The curfew applies to everyone,” says Grapperhaus. Also for supporters who want to help the police.
Police chief Woelen said in the program that clear agreements had been made in advance with some fan clubs. He also stressed that supporters can voice their opinion in the streets until 9 p.m. and that they can still share information with the police, but that’s where their role ends.
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