Scare at Dutch war memorial Service

[ossp in Amsterdam]

At the Dutch war memorial ceremony in the middle of Dam Square in Amsterdam a scare occurred several minutes ago causing people at the Rokin side to run en masse to the centre.  Precisely in the middle of the 2 minutes silence people started screaming and a massive surge of people ran towards the centre. Queen Beatrix was shuttled away to a place of safety and several people in the crowd suffered minor falls.

The cause appears to have been someone suffering illness and perhaps fainting causing people to move and setting of a chain reaction.

UPDATE – The cause appears to have been caused by a man who started shouting during the 2 minutes silence, in a deliberate attempt to disrupt the proceedings. Several people have been treated for broken bones.

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