Taxi drivers march for murdered colleague

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4 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of taxi drivers held a silent march in Rotterdam on Wednesday night in honour of a colleague who was shot and killed at the weekend, the second shooting of a driver in recent weeks.

4 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of taxi drivers held a silent march in Rotterdam on Wednesday night in honour of a colleague who was shot and killed at the weekend, the second shooting of a driver in recent weeks.

The procession stopped at the City Hall, where the brother of victim Gerard Denz, gave a short speech criticising Rotterdam politicians. He said politicians had abandoned the city's taxi drivers, news agency ANP reported.

John Hermans, the director of Taxiworld where Denz worked, demanded that Rotterdam Mayor Ivo Opstelten agree to an interest-free loan to place digital cameras in every taxi to improve safety

The demand came after the Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC) said last year the installation of cameras in its vehicles had reduced the number of robberies and improved the safety of drivers.

Denz, 52, was shot in the head in the Nieuwe Westen sometime on Saturday night. The police found his body lying next to his taxi and no arrests have been made. The murder follows an incident in which a taxi driver was shot in the shoulder last month.

In response to the shootings, the RTC said it will establish an emergency centre, which smaller taxi companies will also be able to use. Taxi drivers will be able to call for the assistance of colleagues in times of need.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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