Situation calm in Utrecht
14 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The police arrested at total of 135 people in Utrecht on Tuesday evening. The arrests were made in the centre of the city and near the Ondiep neighbourhood.
14 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – The police arrested at total of 135 people in Utrecht on Tuesday evening. The arrests were made in the centre of the city and near the Ondiep neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood itself remained relatively calm since police had blocked off roads entering the area in order to avoid disturbances like those that occurred on Monday. Tensions ran high in the neighbourhood after police shot a resident on Sunday who had been threatening an officer with a knife. The man died of his injuries.
Police say those arrested included supporters of football clubs FC Utrecht, Feyenoord and Ajax who came to Utrecht looking to take part in the commotion in Ondiep. The people arrested were taken to police stations in The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht. Many have since been released though some are still in custody.
The situation in downtown Utrecht calmed down at about midnight. The supporters seem to have gone home at that point, police reported.
A number of incidents took place on the edges of the Ondiep area.
The neighbourhood will once again be closed off by police tonight. "The municipality has picked up on signals that there will be disturbances in the city on Wednesday again," said a municipal spokesperson.
Utrecht mayor Annie Brouwer and the police will talk with neighbourhood residents in a closed meeting at the Mariakerk this afternoon. A press conference will follow.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news