Residents want neighbourhood watch

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16 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The residents of the Ondiep neighbourhood in Utrecht are going to set up a neighbourhood watch in the area. Gradus Kwarten, one of the organisers of the silent march, said this on television programme Pauw & Witteman last night.

16 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The residents of the Ondiep neighbourhood in Utrecht are going to set up a neighbourhood watch in the area. Gradus Kwarten, one of the organisers of the silent march, said this on television programme Pauw & Witteman last night.

Kwarten says this is needed because residents don't feel that police take enough action in response to problems in the area.

A total of 200 people will participate in the initiative. They will monitor order in Ondiep 24 hours a day. Decisions on how to organise the teams of residents will be made soon.

Local residents also formed a team to ensure order during the silent march last night in memory of Rinie Mulder, the man shot by police last Sunday. The team handed one person over to police for causing trouble. The police also arrested one other person after the march for threatening behaviour.

The silent march went smoothly despite the two minor incidents. Some 2,500 people showed up for the march, according to the Volkskrant. The march stopped for a moment of silence in front of the café Murk, where Mulder was a regular patron, and the Ahornstraat, where Mulder had planned to move into a new home soon.

Police closed off the neighbourhood once again after the march ended.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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