Utrecht neighbourhood calm after riots

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – The riots that broke out in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep last night seem to have calmed down. Tensions ran high on Monday evening at about 10.00 p.m. A crowd of more than 500 youths started throwing stones at the riot police on the Boerhaavelaan.

13 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – The riots that broke out in the Utrecht neighbourhood of Ondiep last night seem to have calmed down. Tensions ran high on Monday evening at about 10.00 p.m. A crowd of more than 500 youths started throwing stones at the riot police on the Boerhaavelaan.

Police announced this morning that they made two arrests last night and one agent suffered minor injuries. Many of the young men involved were not neighbourhood residents, according to police. The area was calm by midnight

The incidents took place in the neighbourhood where a police officer shot a man on Sunday evening. The man died almost immediately because of the gun shot. He had been threatening a police officer with a knife.

During the riots, fire was also set to a former neighbourhood police office on the Amsterdamseweg and a car was set on fire.

Mayor Annie Brouwer-Korf said in a reaction that she understood the emotions surrounding the death of the neighbourhood resident, but lamented the disturbances in the streets.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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