Situation in Slotervaart might escalate
18 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Every day Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten is aware of the fact that the situation in Slotervaart can escalate and riots like we saw in Paris last year could break out. Welten said this on the TV talk show Pauw en Witteman on Wednesday night.
18 October 2007
AMSTERDAM – Every day Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten is aware of the fact that the situation in Slotervaart can escalate and riots like we saw in Paris last year could break out. Welten said this on the TV talk show Pauw en Witteman on Wednesday night.
"I was in the mosque on Saturday attending the commemoration service for the boy who was stabbed to death last week. I was one of the few policemen present there. When I left the mosque I felt safe. But one should never forget that there might be a couple of unscrupulous tormentors who are creeping out from the gutter."
Welten talked about the situation in the neighbourhood where a police officer had shot and killed the 22-year-old Bilal B. at the police station on the August Allebéplein in Slotervaart on Sunday after she and her colleague had been stabbed by him with a knife. Since then there has been unrest in the district.
Small groups of youths set fire to cars and threw stones at the police station and at the van of a media company. Slotervaart has a hard core of some 35 troublemakers between 12 and 17, according to Welten. They have been caught by the police on several occasions and released again. It is primarily important to keep peace and quite in the neighbourhood, to remain calm and ensure that the situation does not escalate, according to the police chief.
Welten visited the two injured police officers on Wednesday. They are doing reasonably well given the circumstances. He believes that the police sergeant, who was stabbed first, was carrying a weapon. "For her it was a matter of 'you or me'. She told me that she had not even noticed she had been stabbed."
[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news