Ondiep residents to keep order

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - At least 30 to 40 residents of the Utrecht Ondiep neighbourhood will walk in the silent march planned for tonight to keep order. Police will be "present in numbers but will remain in the background," said a police spokesperson. The municipality, police and organisers of the march agreed on this today, the Volkskrant reports.

15 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - At least 30 to 40 residents of the Utrecht Ondiep neighbourhood will walk in the silent march planned for tonight to keep order. Police will be "present in numbers but will remain in the background," said a police spokesperson. The municipality, police and organisers of the march agreed on this today, the Volkskrant reports.

All parties are confident the march will go smoothly. Neither police nor organisers have received any indication that "riot tourists" plan to come to the event. Gradus Kwarten, one of the organisers, says that between 2,000 and 5,000 people are expected to attend.

Family members of Rini Mulder, the 54-year-old man shot by police on Sunday, will lead the march. Mulder's son, son-in-law and nephew will be there, though his wife and daughter told Kwarten they were too upset to attend.

Kwarten stressed that it was important that the march take place peacefully and without incident. "It is first and foremost in memory of the victim and for his family, not a direct protest against the police."

Ondiep will be closed off again after the march. The same measures will be in effect after 9 p.m. as were in place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Only people who can demonstrate they live in the neighbourhood will be allowed past police barricades.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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