UM is taking precautions
MAASTRICHT. After riots broke out in several Dutch cities in recent days, there is now fear that rioters will be moving to the city center of Maastricht tonight - January 26. Messages on social media give cause for this. Maastricht University is taking precautions.
For example, a number of buildings in the city center close earlier than normal. Furthermore, the gates around the parking lot at 53 Tongersestraat (School of Business and Economics) and the access to the parking lot at Lenculenstraat (Law) - all in the city center - will close earlier. In Randwijck, the gates at Duboisdomein and Universiteitssingel 40 close earlier. Furthermore, extra security is deployed in the city center. This acts as “extra eyes and ears” and can, if necessary, quickly contact the “authorities”, spokesman Koen Augustijn said.
At various places in the city, entrepreneurs are now closing their shop windows and removing large parasols from the terraces. Football supporters of MVV have announced via Facebook that they will protect their city against rioters.
Emergency ordinance promulgated by mayor
Mayor Annemarie Penn-te Strake has issued an emergency ordinance for the entire city of Maastricht. The emergency ordinance will take effect Tuesday 26 January, and will last until February 7. The measure means that the police will have more options to intervene if public order threatens to be disrupted. In addition, the mayor, in consultation with the police and the Openbaar Ministerie, has decided to designate the city as a security risk area, so that preventive searches can be carried out by the police throughout the city.
UPDATE: Quiet evening in Maastricht
It remained quiet in Maastricht on Tuesday evening. There was, as announced, a large group of MVV supporters in the center - they wanted to "protect their city" from potential rioters. But that group left around 8:30 p.m. after police alerted them to the impending curfew.