Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Neighborhood Residents Rejoice after Drug Addicts’ Hostel Burns Down

A building in the neighborhood of Kruiskamp in Den Bosch has burned down. The Municipality had intended to use it as a hostel for drug addicts, against strong opposition from neighborhood residents. Arson is suspected. A number of local residents came out to celebrate the burning of the building. There have been a number of similar cases in the Netherlands where local violence or threats have blocked such decisions. In 2005, in the neighborhood of Schilderwijk in the Hague, local inhabitants threw stones and eggs on members of the Municipality and police because of a plan to establish a center for drug addicts in the neighborhood. In the same year inhabitants of the Rotterdam Katendrecht neighborhood threatened arson if a home for former prostitutes would be located there. In both cases the Municipality abandoned the projects.

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