Dutch town bans two more demos

15th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 April 2005AMSTERDAM — Mayor Jos Waals has once again used his powers to ban demonstrations in the Dutch town of Venray.

15 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Mayor Jos Waals has once again used his powers to ban demonstrations in the Dutch town of Venray.

Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) planned to hold a rally in Venray on Saturday. AFA, which emerged from the far left in Britain in 1985, has loosely-affiliated branches in several countries. It specialises in confronting people and groups, sometimes violently, that AFA perceives to be racist.

Michael Smit, a councillor from Rotterdam, was expelled from the Leefbaar Rotterdam party because of his right-wing views. He was organising a rally for 23 April to protest against a ban Waals imposed on the first demonstration he wanted to hold on Saturday.

Waals took the decision to ban the three rallies because he wants to avoid clashes between demonstrators and bystanders, or with the police. The mayor is also afraid property could be damaged during a contentious demonstration.

Two weeks ago, 10 native Dutch youths and 70 Turks engaged in a brawl after the windows of a local mosque were damaged.

The riot was the latest incident to be blamed on the rise of Lonsdale Youth, young right-wingers who identity with the British brand of clothing Lonsdale.

Venray has become a beacon for both the extreme left and radical right, something that Waals is not keen to encourage.

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk, with the media in tow, visited Venray in the aftermath of the violence outside the mosque.  She emphasised any difficulties between local Dutch teens and people from immigrant backgrounds should be solved by dialogue.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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