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Holland Brazes Itself: Dutch Fear Rising Ethnic Tensions

Friday, January 19th, 2007 - by Paul Belien

by Paul Belien paul_gilbert_burning_organ_365128.jpg "Segregation! domination! demonstration! Integration! aggravation! humiliation! Obligation to the nation! Ball of confusion.... And the band played on." -- Temptations Last year one question out of Europe was "Is Paris burning?" This year it could become "Is Holland burning?" In Vlaardingen near Rotterdam, two police officers were wounded recently when they came to the rescue of an ambulance which was attacked by a group of 250 youths. One of the officers was hit by glass, the other was hit in the face. The ambulance was attacked in an immigrant neighborhood when paramedics were taking care of a young man who had been assaulted by other youths. The Netherlands are bracing themselves for more similar incidents this year. An official report published last week states that the Government has seriously underestimated "tensions between various ethnic and cultural groups of youths."

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