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The Hague Hit By Riots After Death of Man in Police Custody


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Eleonora
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Dutch police conducted mass arrests overnight, detaining about 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly in a neighborhood hit by late-night rioting after the death of a man in police custody.



   

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Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday July 3, 2015, 5:35 pm

It seems the US is not alone with this problem!

The Hague Hit By Riots After Death of Man in Police Custody
July 3, 2015

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police conducted mass arrests overnight, detaining about 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly in a neighborhood hit by late-night rioting after the death of a man in police custody.

The arrests late Thursday and early Friday capped four nights of rioting in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in The Hague — a situation that has drawn comparisons with the angry protests that erupted in the United States following deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers.

Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, however, has strongly rejected such comparisons. "There is absolutely nothing in common between the work of American police forces and the Dutch police and the Hague force," he told national broadcaster NOS this week.

Prosecutors investigating Sunday's death of Mitch Henriquez, a 42-year-old from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, say he likely died of oxygen starvation caused during his arrest at a music festival Saturday night. The five officers involved have been suspended from active duty and are being investigated as suspects in his death.

Protesters have gathered each night in the Schilderswijk neighborhood of The Hague, carrying banners protesting what they perceive as racism and the excessive use of force by police. Henriquez's family, have said in comments reported in Dutch media that they do not believe he was a victim of racist policing. The have issued a call on social media for a silent march in his memory on Saturday and urged people to walk in peace from a railway station in The Hague to the park where he was arrested.

The Dutch National Ombudsman's office, which investigates disputes between citizens and government agencies, last year published a report following allegations of discriminatory policing in the Schilderswijk, a neighborhood of 60,000 people of 125 different nationalities.

The report, which called policing there "a mix of peacekeeping and crime fighting," found "no indication of structural abuses in the behavior of police" in Schilderswijk but said "police and citizens need to work to prevent escalation."

Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur told reporters Friday that residents say troublemakers are pouring into the neighborhood to riot. He said the disorder has to stop. "Of course, there is concern and anger at what possibly happened last weekend," Van der Steur said. "That is understandable. But this reaction is unacceptable."

Sinan Cankaya, an anthropologist who has studied racial profiling by the Amsterdam police, said that the Netherlands' long-standing image as a tolerant, multicultural society masks racism in areas like the job market and in night life. A Dutch man of Turkish descent, Cankaya said he was regularly barred from nightclubs that his white friends were allowed into.

"The idea of Dutch tolerance is part of the problem, because it blocks and hinders us Dutch from being self-critical and just facing the issue of racism in the Netherlands," he said.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 3, 2015, 7:27 pm
The arrests late Thursday and early Friday capped four nights of rioting in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in The Hague — a situation that has drawn comparisons with the angry protests that erupted in the United States following deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers.

Wow, there too. You are correct, seems this isn't being just a US problem.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 12:37 am
This seems a complex situation - and at a time when "outside" interests are also looking for opportunities to stirr up fea, hate & division. Because racism (whether on religious or ethnic basis) exists everywhere, and gets worse when there is an economic crisis. And police forces inevitably have some bad apples that can act in ways that reflect personal fear/ hate etc.

"Official" policy is always to deny racism, bad apples in the forces of law & order .... claim that any action was purely "self defense" .... (Especially when the peace-keepers are themselves afraid because an area has the reputation of being "difficult".) We've seen efforts of denial of racism in much coverage of the Charleston Chapel killings, in those who desperately defend the Confederate flag while swearing it is a celebration of history & in no way racist (and many of those speaking up probably BELIEVE what they say, unaware of the implicit racist symbolism because they were never made to look clearly at that aspect).

And let's face it - there are people who seek to trigger fear & hate; Studies of hooligan behaviour at football matches identify key string-pulling by a few - who themselves do not go near the matches. For kicks? For power? They certainly manage to crank up fear, which feeds hate - then one gets confrontation & violence.

But any society particularly "proud" of their image of tolerance is vulnerable to denial of the racism that inevitably co-exists with the "tolerance" values.

Politicans use this - the National Front type organisations play on concerns like unemployment (the immigrants are taking your jobs), colour/ religion (inserting adjectives to spin stories & paint a specific group as being the wrong-doers) etc ... And they get away with it because few people want to be identified as "racist", they want to believe that they are simply responding to "facts" ... which they cherry-pick to prove they are not racist when they condemn a whole group ...

When one says "predominantly immigrant neighborhood", one is usually also talking about a neighbourhood with high poverty levels, high unemployment, lower educational levels ..... also factors of stress that may be even more significant than the fact of being "immigrants" ... factors that need to be & can be addressed. But how much easier to polarise the situation around the race/ ethnicity/ religion labels?

Thanks Eleonora
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 9:42 am
Exactly, Evelyn touched a crucial point here. With a Geert Wilders stirring up the pot it is rather a wonder that not more of this makes the news. I'm hoping that perhaps Lona could tell us more about this, so far little can I say about it but we should also acknowledge the aspect that certain media do have an interest in hyping such stories under the racism label! Although this has a strong look of it.
Thx Elenora.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 12:32 pm

Thanks ladies for excellent comments and thoughts. We know from experience how easy people can be stereotyped and labeled - especially you, Evelyn and Angelika, as well as myself having grown up in the immediate post-WWII time and having surely vivid memories of those times. We (in my school in Switzerland) were literally bombarded during school time with examples how people were vilified and demonized just because of their religion (Jews), their ethnicity (Roma) or their political believes (Socialists, Communists, but also priests who were politically active) and many more.

The "Geert Wilders" factor is definitely not to be underestimated although my many Dutch friends tell me that he is just a "xyxyxyxyx" ... (sorry, can't repeat the word as there is Google translate!) and people don't take him that serious. The problem is that if lies are repeated often enough and if they're made big enough with time people start believing those lies.

Add to this that it is much easier to go against "the other(s)" than to really address the underlying issues of which there are plenty in every society and which must be solved rather than applying Aspirin.

As much as I appreciate so-called political correctness - at times it would truly be easier to call a spade a spade and do away with the nice words.

We MUST learn to truly accept each other and equally truly address in open dialogues the uneasiness and the fears of the people - whether they are the original residents of a country and/or the newcomers who are plunged into a totally new life.

Equally we have to learn to accept - and make it acceptable - that not everybody can like everybody. Today we DEMAND that all races, religions, sexual orientations MUST love each other. We have become totally intolerant towards those who say "No, I don't like XXXX" - that person is immediately an outcast ... although many deep down agree with that person's view! And that is the hook in the whole concept of everybody must love everybody.

It is simply not possible. But what we can and must learn is to be truly tolerant of each other and respect each other and specifically WITHOUT going at each other just because some are more different than others!

We have this one earth and must be able to live together ... or disappear together!
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 12:46 pm
Don't we wish all our "leaders" would have just half that wisdom!
 

Lona G (66)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 12:56 pm
I'm glad to be able to say that although we do some have problems with excessive police force and the police departments do not deny reports on racial profiling both within the force itself and on the streets. it is nowhere near comparable to any racial problems in America. It would be foolish to deny that The Netherlands is free of racism or discrimination, as we call it, because we do have our issues both with black Dutch people from Suriname and the Dutch Antilles and also with immigrants from Turkey and Morocco. The situation the young of 2nd and 3rd generation are in shows many similarities with the situation they are in in the US, but I dare say that Dutch racism isn't as ingrained in our culture nor in the police force. Perhaps this is only because people from Suriname and the Antilles have only started to arrive here in large numbers in the 1970s and 1980s, which allowed the Dutch to ignore and forget their own shameful slave traders' history. The problems with (young) Turkish and Moroccan people started even later and has the same islamophobic tendencies shown in other countries. So our history is much older than we'd like to acknowledge, but our awareness is rather recent.

Back to the horrible death of Mitch Henriquez at the hands of the police. Such an incident is rather unusual. Few people a killed by the police and even fewer are related to race. I can't remember an incident like this happening for a very long time. The police was quick to suspend all officers involved and be very open about all aspects. Henriquez's family has kept telling the media that they are happy with the way the authorities are dealing with it and urged everyone to stay calm. Nevertheless riots broke out in a neighborhood where Henriquez neither lived (he lived on Aruba) nor where the police arrested him. The mayor is right about the fact that rioters have poured into the neighborhood just to riot and fight with the police. Social media are used to get people together to riot, much in the same way"many of these "professional" rioters and hooligans show up at football games and dance festivals and where fighting with the police has no racial background whatsoever.

And yes, people like Wilders influence these riots too, although this time he hasn't said anything because he only agitates against Muslims and not Dutch from the Caribbean. Maybe soon Wilders will have enough ammunition to start his agitation against Muslims again, because apparently many young men in that neighborhood who have joined in the mêlée are either Turkish or Moroccan.

However here's good news too. Henriquez's family have called for a silent march this afternoon to the park where he was killed and although attended by a few hundred people, the march remained very peacefully and the family stressed again that it wasn't a protest but march in remembrance.

Yes we have problems and we should address them and not walk away from them, but we shouldn't let them get blown out of proportions either.
 

Athena F (131)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 1:42 pm
:(
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 1:53 pm
Thanks Lona for your input and that is good to know the march went peacefully!
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:08 pm

Thank you very much, Lona, for your insightful comment. What I specially appreciate with the Dutch police is how swiftly they suspend all officers involved and how open they are about all aspects of this unfortunate event. I can't recall either any similar incident in Holland.

You address one of the big problems in such cases "The mayor is right about the fact that rioters have poured into the neighborhood just to riot and fight with the police. Social media are used to get people together to riot, much in the same way "many of these "professional" rioters and hooligans show up at football games and dance festivals and where fighting with the police has no racial background whatsoever."

We see this ever so often - be it America, Paris, Egypt or now in Den Haag. How can one tackle this professional rioters who just go on rampage because they're handsomely paid for. Actually - one has to pose the question differently: who are those with the paycheck and what are their motives?

This needs to be addressed and investigates urgently - but to the best of my knowledge this is not done ...or kept quiet about it (?).



 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:09 pm

Uhm ... sorry for the few typos ... in a hurry
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:25 pm
Those professional rioters are known and monitored but we can only wild guess on the people behind them. Probably various political groups.. .where's your usual statement /question, Eleonora of "Cui bono" ? ;) (Datiiv!)
 

Lona G (66)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 2:34 pm
I used the term "professionals" rather loosely for these rioters. Not so much because I think they are payed by anyone, but more because many of them belong to a circle that doesn't seem to have anything else to do and are literally looking for trouble because they like to fight. Often on the dole or petty criminals, the movies "Fight Club" (American) or "Green Street Hooligan"(British) come to mind. It's more about boredom, or for kicks or power as Evelyn already suggested.
Perhaps they are paid to be ringleaders, but I haven't seen any suggestions of that, nor do I think we have arrived at the stages of Nazi Germany in the 30's yet. But perhaps I'm just naive and Geert Wilders is bringing in the money he got for his speech in America recently (you know, where the Muslim terrorists were intercepted and one was killed before they could do any harm) and using it subsidize some rebel rousers.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 4:30 pm

sorry Angelika - I'm in a bit of a rush ... right you are: "Qui Bono" in this case too ...

Lona, I might be a bit too suspicious but we've seen too much of these paid ringleaders. On that aspect you're right - it just takes a handful to incite people who are already charged, are bored, don't know what to do with their energies and more so frustrations.

We have seen this after Mursi's ouster when over 80 churches went up in flames or where otherwise attacked ... to the silence of America who before went up in arms when just a window was broken. But those act being committed by the MBs ... the US kept silence for a very long time. The same ringleaders were to be seen on different videos at different churches; always initiating the violence and strangely enough never to be caught ...

At times I'm glad that we don't know the most of what's going on behind the curtains as what we see before the curtains is already bad enough!

You all stay safe and especially you, Lona, be careful although I understand you live quite a stretch away from Den Haag!!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 4, 2015, 10:08 pm
Echoes of unrest, with demands for fairness, truth---from "The World's We The People". More and more comes the realization of the 1% of evil who hold the reins of power, with "We The People" at their mercy, controlled violently, if not obeying with a snap of the finger. Meanwhile, the planet and all living is close to death. Their control prevents the global unification required to earnestly attempt to save all. Much of the world is involved in battles and wars, mostly over religion and politics. The rest are contending with survival under negative circumstance of some sort. The climate is sending us all plenty of challenges. On and on. All of these calamities are distracting and preventing unification of the people, to remove the reins of evil power, thus the only and last chance for survival. That's how I see it. Time for worldwide revolution, rebellion, a global "Spirit Of 1776". I never thought I'd live to see the day that the masses would go down without earnestly fighting for their lives.
 

Gillian M (11)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 8:36 am
You missed out the bit where the Muslims rioted against Jews

Dozens of people chanted anti-Semitic slogans during riots that broke out in a predominantly-Muslim neighborhood of The Hague over the slaying of a suspect by police.

More than 100 people chanted about “Jewish murderers” on Thursday night in the Schilderswijk, a neighborhood where a handful of Jews live in a Jewish-owned enclave surrounded by project apartments populated by low-income families, according to a report on the The Post Online.

The riots took place at a theater stormed by protesters approximately a mile away from the enclave, the De Telegraaf daily reported.

More than 200 people were arrested since protests broke out in the Schilderswijk over the death of Mitch Henriquez, an Aruban citizen, at the hands of police officers who suffocated him during his arrest at a park.

The Schilderswijk has one of the highest crime rates in the Netherlands. Last year, the neighborhood saw riots that broke out on the margins of rallies in support of the ISIS terror group and featured its flags. Protesters hurled stones at riot police during an anti-ISIS march last year. During Israel’s war in Gaza, at least two demonstrations in Schilderswijk against Israel featured calls to slaughter the Jews.

The Jewish-owned enclave was purchased in the 19th century by the Jewish community to accommodate impoverished Jews fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe. But the Jewish population of The Hague was almost totally annihilated during the Holocaust. The area around it became populated by families of migrant workers in the 1960s and 1970s. The city is now believed to have a few hundred Jews.

Lody van Der Kamp, a Dutch rabbi who has spoken out on the need to facilitate dialog between Muslims and Jews, wrote in an op-ed for the Joodse Omroep Jewish broadcaster Thursday that “when the calm returns, it is time to take these young men by the hand and show them their own Schilderswijk’s history.”
 

Gillian M (11)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 8:38 am
I would also point out that only Muslims riot like this - as a religion. No Jews do, no B'Hai, no Protestants, no Sikhs, no Jain, only Muslims.

Muslims cost millions in the damage that they cause in each country. Eleanor, please tell me why Muslims riot in non-Muslim countries.
 

Gillian M (11)
Sunday July 5, 2015, 8:44 am
The religion of love and peace - not

Qur’an 9:29-Fight against Christians and Jews ”until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

Qur’an 4:91- If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant.

. Qur’an 9:7-9-Don’t make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted.

Qur’an 9:12-14-Fight the disbelievers! Allah is on your side; he will give you victory.

. Qur’an 9:5 Kill the nonbelievers wherever you find them.

Qur’an 2:191-2-Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

Qur’an (5:51) - ”O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”

Qur’an (2:65-66) Christians and Jews must believe what Allah has revealed to Muhammad or Allah will disfigure their faces or turn them into apes, as he did the Sabbath-breakers.

Qur’an (4:48, 4:116)-Those who ascribe a partner to Allah (like Christians do with Jesus and the Holy Spirit) will not be forgiven. They have “invented a tremendous sin.”

Qur’an (4:51)-Jews and Christians believe in idols and false deities, yet they claim to be more rightly guided than Muslims.

Qur’an (5:51) Don’t take Jews or Christians for friends. If you do, then Allah will consider you to be one of them.

Qur’an (5:80) – “You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell.

Qur’an (3:85) - ”And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.”

. Qur’an 9:6-Those who submit and convert to Islam will be treated well. (Those who don’t submit will be killed. See previous verse.)

Qur’an 5:53 Jews and Christians are losers.

Qur’an 5:59 Jews and Christians are evil-livers.

Qur’an 5:63 Evil is the handiwork of the rabbis and priests.

Qur’an 5:72 Christians will be burned in the Fire.

Qur’an 5:73Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom.

Qur’an 9:30Christians and Jews are perverse. Allah himself fights against them.

Qur’an 9:34 Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to the rich and greedy Christian monks and Jewish rabbis.

Qur’an 19:35-37“Woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.”
Jesus was not the Son of God. Those who say he was (Christians) are going to hell.

Qur’an 28:62-64 Allah will taunt Christians on the day of their doom, saying: Where are My partners whom ye imagined?

Qur’an 40:73Allah will taunt the Christians in hell, saying: Where are all my parnters that you used to believe in?

Qur’an 3:67 ”Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was a true Muslim, surrendered to Allah (which is Islam), and he joined not gods with Allah.”

And this is only about Jews & Christians. There are 109 statements about killing non-Muslims or kuffirs. I assume that is why your people kill Christians, I will start with Egypt because you never condemn it.

Exposed: Egypt’s Institutionalized Persecution of Coptic Christians
It’s not just the Muslim mob. It’s the Muslim government.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/256430/exposed-egypts-institutionalized-persecution-raymond-ibrahim

 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday July 6, 2015, 5:28 pm

Janice - I fully agree with your eloquently put comment! Would love to send you more stars but it's not possible - here are some more *******************

"All of these calamities are distracting and preventing unification of the people, to remove the reins of evil power, thus the only and last chance for survival. That's how I see it. Time for worldwide revolution, rebellion, a global "Spirit Of 1776". I never thought I'd live to see the day that the masses would go down without earnestly fighting for their lives. "

Not only does the majority not fight for their lives ... they willingly follow the "ringleaders" (read politicians and hate and war mongers) and do as told and wishes for by their "leaders". There's only one possible answer: either they've parked their brains long time ago on a shelf or they accepted to be thoroughly brainwashed. Either way - the outcome is disastrous!

Stay safe!
 
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