Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most popular tourism destinations, is to put new security measures in place to help prevent a terror attack similar to the vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils this month that left 16 people dead and 120 injured.
Almost six million people visit the Dutch capital every year, most of them packed into the network of narrow streets inside the “canal belt”, particularly around the red-light district of De Wallen, and Kalverstraat, the local shopping equivalent of the Ramblas, in Barcelona.
The terror-threat level in the Netherlands remains at its second highest, meaning there’s a “real chance” of an attack – although the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, said the new measures were a general precaution not prompted by any fresh intelligence.
“The attacks we’ve seen abroad show that terrorists can strike any place, at any time, and in dozens of different ways,” the mayor said. “The measures fit with the current threat level, though they will not be so restrictive that they will paralyse the city. We have to be prepared.”
Prevention and response
The city authorities are to consult the police, the security services and emergency responders, and they say they will meet city-centre retailers and management at the main cultural and tourism locations to ensure proper co-ordination of prevention…