Utrecht: Ethnic Riots after Dutchman is Killed by Police
From the desk of Paul Belien on Wed, 2007-03-14 12:31
Ondiep, a working class neighbourhood in the Dutch town of Utrecht, is in turmoil. After the death last Sunday of Rinie Mulder, a 54-year old indigenous Dutchman who was shot by a police officer, non-immigrant citizens went on a rampage, burning cars, looting shops and arsoning a community centre in “inverted Paris style riots.” According to our sources the police officer who killed Mulder is a woman of Moroccan origin.
The Ondiep residents have been complaining for months about harassment and intimidation by immigrant youths of Moroccan origin. The Dutch mainstream media do not go into much detail about what is going on. Most of them do not mention the ethnicity of the victim and the police officer, though the riots clearly have an ethnic nature.
Apparently Mulder intervened when Muslim youths harassed a pregnant native Dutch woman. He was able to grab the knife of one of the youths. When the police arrived Mulder was shot because he had raised the knife. Witnesses say Mulder was indicating to the police that he had called for them.
Locals claim the police has failed to protect them for years. They say the authorities are afraid of the immigrants and tolerate their criminal behaviour. After the death of Mulder the indigenous Dutch decided they had had enough and started riots which went on for two continuous nights. The police made 130 arrests: 60 of them are Ondiep residents. According to the mainstream media the others are mainly “football hooligans” from other parts of the country. Annie Brouwer-Korf, the Socialist mayor of Utrecht, has ordered Ondiep to be sealed off from the rest of town to keep non-residents out. She expressed some sympathy for the frustrated Ondiep residents. “I understand that residents are sometimes upset about the nuisance around their own house and neighbourhood. That does you no good whatsoever.”
The riots are no surprise. As I wrote last January:
The Netherlands are bracing themselves for more [Parisian style] incidents this year. An official report published last week states that the Government has seriously underestimated “tensions between various ethnic and cultural groups of youths.”
The report says that the Dutch authorities fail to grasp the gravity of the problem. If nothing is done the country will soon witness situations similar to the French riots of 2005 and 2006 which led to the police abandoning immigrant suburbs to gangs of Muslim youths. The result of the French ambivalence is that the same gangs have now taken over effective control of more than 750 French urban neighborhoods.
Ondiep is one of the Dutch urban neighbourhoods which seem to have been abandoned by the authorities. It is hardly a surprise that the natives are beginning to fight back. The same thing happened recently in Britain.
comment by Jerry Gordon
Ayaan Hirsi Ali like her former Muslim ’sisters’ Nonie Darwish and Wafa Sultan are courageous women. They have a common thread. They have come to the decision-not easily taken-that Islam threatens their human rights. Without the merest scintilla of reformist reflection by the male dominated belief system, they had no choice given the assaults on their persons, but to leave. They refused to be subject to oppressive Islamic Sharia laws and like dhimmis to be treated under what passes for fourth class religious “Jim Crowism.’ And worse: Muslim women can be subject to arranged child marriages and even worse barabarous gang rapes and honor killings. There are tens of millions of Muslim women in the West who are seeking relief from this form of religious oppression. In Canada, many of them have been in the forefront of opposing adoption of Sharia law in the provinces, and they have succeeded. Ms. Hirsi Ali new book “The Infidel: The Story of My Enlightenment” and current tour will doubtless bring much needed attention to this important issue-one that feminists should support. Brava to Ms. Hirsi-Ali for being brave enough to admit that she’s an apostate. This AP background story is a testament to her ’steel’ and resolve to discuss her valued positions in public. Clearly, she has upset Muslim advocacy groups like CAIR fror good reason. She tells the truth.
By WILLIAM C. MANN, Associated Press Writer, 2/10/07
WASHINGTON — As a child, Ayaan Hirsi Ali fled violence in Somalia with her family. As an adult she fled Kenya to escape an arranged marriage. She left her adopted Holland after she was caught up in political turmoil and had her life threatened.
Now Hirsi Ali ,a brave critic of Islam to her supporters, a bigot to her critics, has found refuge in the intellectual bastion of leading U.S. conservatives.
Hirsi Ali joined the American Enterprise Institute last September, after a sometimes stormy 14 years in the Netherlands, where she was a member of parliament and became a central figure in two events that jolted the nation.
First, after she wrote a script for a film that depicted naked women with Quranic verses scrawled on their bodies, a Dutch-born Muslim gunned down the filmmaker, Theo van Gogh. A letter threatening Hirsi Ali was left on a knife plunged into van Gogh’s chest.
Next, a fight within Hirsi Ali’s political party over her Dutch citizenship brought down the government.
These days, Hirsi Ali is promoting her autobiography, “Infidel.” It gives a graphic account of how she rejected her faith and the violence she says was inflicted on her in the name of Islam.
I’m an apostate. That’s why the book is called ‘Infidel,’” she said in a telephone interview from New York
The Council on American-Islamic Relations thinks Hirsi Ali’s campaign amounts to slander and bigotry.
“We believe that she will bring an increase to the level of anti-Muslim bias in this country that we saw her bring to the situation in Europe,” the council’s communications director, Ibrahim Hooper, said in an interview Saturday. “Unfortunately her message is one of bigotry, not one of mutual understanding.”