An increase in attacks on tax officials in Portugal by people unable to pay has led the sector’s union to organize self-defense courses, which include the handling of weapons.
A cellphone movie showing a Rotterdam policewoman kicking a drunken man on Sunday started a major inquiry into police violence. The newspaper Trouw runs a piece which could explain why police officers increasingly turn to the use of force. It concludes that the Dutch have a problem accepting authority. This leads, says the paper, to the aggression faced by teachers, social workers, probation officials, police officers and others. Dutch prefer not to talk about authority and that the concept gets blurred by the use of euphemisms by a government intent on being “customer friendly”.
In Germany «police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo», while a Greek octopus formed coalition with a dolphin’s… genitals. OUCH! Don’t mess with the greeks, they’re not afraid to hit you where it hurts.