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Amsterdam News in Brief, May 18, 2010

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Screamer who caused stampede remains in custody

The homeless man caused a panic stampede during Remembrance Day Commemorations at Dam Square will remain in pre-arrest for another three months, his lawyer has announced.

The 39-year old man broke what was to be a two minutes period of silence with an extended, loud scream. When shocked bystanders tried to get away from him a metal crowd control fence fell over, creating a shot-like sound that set the 20,000+ crowd in motion.

More than 60 people were injured in the stampede.

Murder scene in 3D

At the request of the Justice Department the murder of a daycare center owner is being recreated in 3D by a British company.

On August 10, 2009 32-year-old Arzu Erbas was attacked as she tried to enter her car after locking her daycare center, Moeders Schoot. She died in hospital later than day of some 20 stab wounds.

Prosecutors want to use the 3D presentation during the trial of Nevzat K., the only remaining suspect in the case.

The motive behind the murder is still not clear.

Tongue-kissing for tolerance

Some 50 people enjoyed a minute-long Kiss-in at Westermarkt yesterday.

The event, held in 52 cities in 24 countries, was organized as part of the International Day Against Homophobia.

Local organizer Joost ten Broek said that while people from all persuasions were welcome, an extraordinary number of lesbians participated.

The Kiss-in took place at the Homo monument. Ten Broek said bystanders reacted positively, but he reminded the media that of a recent series of incidents in which homosexuals were attacked.

He urges homosexuals to take a stand and become more visible rather than hide away. By showing who you are you create more tolerance, he says.
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