Antilles prime minister condemns racist riots
Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister vows to bring those responsible for the racist violence against Dutch citizens in Curaçao to justice.1 July 2008
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES - Netherlands Antilles Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage has condemned what he calls the "racist violence" against Dutch citizens last Thursday on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, and has promised that his government will do everything in its power to bring those responsible to justice.
Race riots broke out after the island's council agreed by a close vote to accept a Dutch proposal regarding Curaçao's finances.
The Hague has agree to write off the debts of the Antilles, which form the self-governing territories of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but only if it can have more control over the island's finances and some say in judicial matters.
The opposition saw the stricter monitoring as a "re-colonisation by the Netherlands" and called for a demonstration.
There were disturbances throughout the capital, as dozens of protesters went on the rampage in pubs frequented mainly by Dutch students. One man suffered a fracture at the base of his skull. Many cars were overturned.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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