Hostage drama remembered

23rd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2007, BOVENSMILDE – Some 40 people gathered today in Bovensmilde to remember the incident 30 years ago in which a group of Moluccans took a primary school hostage.

23 May 2007

BOVENSMILDE – Some 40 people gathered today in Bovensmilde to remember the incident 30 years ago in which a group of Moluccans took a primary school hostage.

105 pupils and five teachers who were in the building at the time were taken hostage. The Moluccans were demanding the release of 21 other Moluccans who were in prison for hijacking a train and plane two years earlier.

The children became ill with gastric flu after five days and were all released. The five teachers were held for almost three weeks but finally freed when marines stormed the building and the Moluccans surrendered.

The mid to late 1970s marked a period of particular tension between the Moluccan population in the Netherlands and the government, stemming from Netherlands' failure to follow through on promises made in return for Moluccan support in Indonesia's war of independence.

This year's ceremony was the first commemoration held. The former students only came into contact with each other last year. The commemoration took place at the site where the school once stood.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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