Wake-up call 25/8: appeal against Mladic and debate on riots Utrecht

Good morning! Today the Utrecht city council debates with mayor Den Oudsten about the recent riots in the districts Ondiep, Overvecht, Kanaleneiland and Zuilen. The appeal in the criminal case against the former Bosnian Serb army leader Mladic will also take place.

First weather: this morning the clouds are rising rapidly, then it may rain. There’s a moderate to coastal south wind and it’s going to be 17 to 21 degrees.

Are you going out on the road today? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check here the adjusted timetable for the railways.

What can you expect today?

Professionals in the events sector show ‘human’ dominoes in The Hague what happens to them if they do not receive additional support. According to the industry, this is ‘code red’. Participants are therefore dressed in red today, together they want to form the word ‘help’. The Utrecht municipal council is debating with mayor Den Oudsten about the recent riots in Ondiep, Overvecht, Kanaleneiland and Zuilen. In those neighbourhoods it has been turbulent for a week and a half. Large groups of young people were involved in the riots. Today the appeal in the criminal case against the former Bosnian Serb army leader Mladic begins. The ICTY sentenced him to life imprisonment for genocide (among others in Srebrenica) and crimes against humanity. The NPO presents the new television season at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. The presentation can be followed from noon on NPO Start or via npo.nl/live.

What did you miss?

In Charlotte in the American state of North Carolina, the convention of the Republican Party began. Several speakers opened the party meeting with a warning: if the Democrats come to power, the U.S. threatens to slide into chaos, anarchy and lawlessness. Only if President Trump is re-elected will Americans retain their freedoms and remain safe in the country, was the key message.

According to some speakers, the Democrats turn a blind eye to riots and fury and attack, among other things, freedom of expression and the rule of law. Perhaps the fiercest speech came from Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s son. She warned that the “socialist” policies of the Democrats will destroy the US. According to her, California is an example of that. She called it “a state of used needles in parks”. Salient detail: her ex-husband is the current (Democratic) Governor of California.

Other news from the night:

And then this:

Wait as long as possible with your holiday booking to Spain, finally book a plane ticket on Sunday afternoon, sit in the plane on Monday and hear that same afternoon that the country gets an orange travel advice. It happened to the Dutch Kirsten.

Read about their experiences in this article.

Fine day!