Vandalism in Amsterdam-Slotervaart
16 October 2007, AMSTERDAM (ANP) – A group of between twenty to thirty youths caused havoc in the vicinity of the police station on the August Allebéplein in the Amsterdam district Slotervaart on Monday night at around 11.00 p.m.
16 October 2007
AMSTERDAM (ANP) – A group of between twenty to thirty youths caused havoc in the vicinity of the police station on the August Allebéplein in the Amsterdam district Slotervaart on Monday night at around 11.00 p.m.
They set fire to a private car in the nearby Jan Tooropstraat, according to a spokesperson for the police. Several other cars were damaged. Stones were thrown at the police station and windows were smashed.
The fencing around the police station had been removed on Monday, following the incident on Sunday whereby a 22-year-old man stabbed and wounded two police officers with a knife. The police are now guarding the police station.
After the outburst of vandalism the youths were dispersed. It was quiet again around midnight, a spokesperson said. Nobody was injured and the police have not yet detained anyone. The police are keeping a high profile in the district and are on patrol to maintain order.
Chairman of the Amsterdam Slotervaart district, Ahmed Marcouch, was enraged about the devastation. "These are the regular plagues who are ruining it for the rest," he said. "Some youths are taking advantage of the situation."
Marcouch was slightly concerned that disturbances might occur. Earlier on Monday he had called on the residents to remain calm after the 22-year-old Bilal B. had been shot and killed by a police officer after he had stabbed the officer with a knife. Marcouch hopes that the police will quickly detain the troublemakers. "Anyone who has anything to do with that group will be hearing from the police," Marcouch said. He also wants to involve the parents more closely in maintaining peace and order in the coming days.
[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news