Dutch media report that in the city of Utrecht riots have started after a police officer shot a man armed with a knife. This night is the second night of serious riots in the city. Cars are put on fire, shops are destroyed and a former police station went up in flames. On first glance one might think:
Paris style riots in The Netherlands?
But unlike the Paris riots, the rioters are not Muslims. The rioters are all native Dutch. Just like the Dutch man shot by the police. So what is going on? Dutch national media is very, very silent about the reasons for the shooting and seems to suggest that the riots are just the work of football hooligans.
But even the strongest political correct force cannot stop the Internet and the blogs from revealing the real story behind these riots. This is what I found out, by looking at the local media and the blogosphere:
The neighborhood of the police shooting is being terrorized by ‘youths (Warning newspeak for Muslim youth). Like everywhere in The Netherlands the police does not do much about it. People are attacked, robbed, etc. People keep calling the police but they don’t get protected. Rinie Mulder had called the police very often. So when last Sunday the ‘youths’ harassed a young pregnant woman (a daughter of a friend), he went after them. In the fight that ensued he took the knife of one of the ‘youths’. When a police officer arrived and Rinie showed him the knife, he was shot dead.
The police officer was a Muslim. Was he siding with the ‘youths’?(After 3 days of riots the police now denies the rumor that the officer was a Muslim) The local media also reports that the local Dutch people they speak are quite desperate about the ‘situation’ in their neighborhooud. The burgomaster now even talks about doing something about the ‘situation’.
But like I said the Dutch MSM ignores the ‘youths’ factor and the background of the police officer. When listening to the Dutch MSM one even gets the impression that the ‘youths’ that terrorize the neighborhood are the same ‘youths’ who are rioting. One gets the impression that we have a big hooligan problem. But that is simply untrue. Although it seems true that hooligans are involved. Rinie Mulder, the man shot dead by the police, had two sons, who seem well-known football supporters of FC Utrecht. This football club is infamous for its hooligans. So Dutch media are bussy trying to frame these riots in terms of a hooligan problem and because the rioters come from outside Utrecht they call the problem: ‘riot tourism’.
But that does not seem an adequate label for the first violent Dutch uprising since the assassination of Pim Fortuyn...
So far, it's reported that Dutch police made 130 arrests.
It’s amazing how repressive the police measures are. When ‘youths’ where involved Dutch government never took such measures, the tough repressive action seem reserved for the native Dutch folks.
From Monday evening the police totally locked down the whole neighborhood of the police killing. Police installed metal fences that closed of all streets to the neighborhood. Riot police coming from all parts of the Netherlands are patrolling the streets. Nobody is allowed to enter the neighborhood. Television news reports that not even the caretakers of the disabled and elderly are allowed too visit their clients, although these people need daily assistance.
TV news also showed images of mass arrest of by standers who where just looking. The police arrested old housewives and other innocent looking bystanders. They were cuffed and deported to other parts of the country. One can only wonder, how much more confidence the people in the neighborhood will get in a government that does not protect them but arrests them…
Now for the first time an alderman of the city of Utrecht told on state television that the ‘youths’ where Turkish Muslims. The group is known for causing trouble in the neighborhood. The reporter added that the government officials were worried that the different groups would battle in the streets.
After 3 days of riots it now reported that the police denies rumors that the police officer was of Moroccan of Turkish origin. It’s also reported that of the 130 arrests only 14 people did not had their official residence in the city of Utrecht. That kind of discredits the governments ‘riot tourism’ spinning…
Dutch media reported the car burnings as random acts, as if it involved neighborhood cars. It’s now reported that at least one burned car was an unlabeled police car and burned for that reason.
An other detail that went unnoticed in the MSM was the fact that the police never made much of an effort to protect the people in the neighborhood but now seems manage to install a video surveillance system overnight. The system consists of large poles (higher than streetlights) with video cameras. It looks like the Dutch government has stocked these video surveillance masts to control neighborhoods. It’s not the first time that the police seem to be quite well prepared to suppress certain problems. Although all this force seems never be directed to the ‘youth’ problem…
Update(5) - Silent March
In the Netherlands people organizes silent marches when government fails to protect and people die. Often these marches are an imitative of the government. Also this time a march was organized. Around the march signs were placed that people should stay calm.
Two sons of the victim walked in front and carried a sign with the text: “Unnecessary violence on a distance of 5 meters. Why?”. Apparently the police officer shot their father while standing 5 meters away from him…
Update(6) - Parliament forced to debate riots
The new Dutch freedom party (PVV) wanted parliament this week to debate the riots. But the other political parties obstructed that plan. The debate is now scheduled for next week.
Update(7) - Self-Help Law Enforcement
The lockdown of the Diepe neighborhood is for the first evening lifted today. Although the fences will not yet be removed, people are allowed to enter the area again.
People of the neighborhood have announced that they will start a neighborhood watch for self-protection. Of course the MSM gives the impression that they want to protect them selves against those dangerous hooligans. The government has in the past moved aggressively against initiatives like this, but this time the police and local government hastened them selves in saying they fully supported the initiative. That does bring to mind an old saying: ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’. By supporting it, it’s so much easier to dismantle it…
To be continued…
Other blogs covering this story:
Islam in Europe - Utrecht: Riots
Snouk - Working class whites riot in Utrecht
Islam In Europe - Utrecht: Ondiep roundup
Brussels Journal - Utrecht Ethnic Riots after Dutchman is Killed by Police
Snouk - Ondiep riots: ethnic policeman and diminishing trust
Brussels Journal - Self-Help Law Enforcement
Fjordman - Native Revolt